Marian Call. If you haven’t at least heard the name in passing then you haven’t been following geek culture, but don’t worry I’m here to help you out. “Something Fierce.” If you are a fan of music, you’ll want this album. Two years in the making, this album was released this past October to the delight of many long time and new fans alike. Was the two years used wisely? I’ll spare you the suspense and answer with a definitive ‘Yes.’
Marian Call’s career started with the release of her first album, “Vanilla,” in 2007. Originally conceived as a side project for friends, family, and a handful of friends in her adoptive home of Alaska, the album started finding fans beyond those borders. She embarked on a tour of the south west United States in 2008. During that time she also worked her way through a “Songs of the Month” project with everything from the semi-serious to the tongue-in-cheek. That album was released in 2008.
Her increase in fan-base was partly due to winning the “Firefly” themed ‘‘Sing a Song of Saffron” contest. This would be the basis for Quantum Mechanix, an online purveyor of science fiction props and collectibles, commissioning an album entitled “Got To Fly.” The album was a mix of geek themes including songs directly related to “Firefly” and “Battlestar Galactica.”
Around the same time she started working on her latest release. In 2010 she embarked on the 49>50 Tour. During that year she embarked on a massive road trip/concert tour driving across the United States, flying to Hawaii, playing a concert at ThinkGeek headquarters, and playing a couple of Wootstocks as well. She also continued writing and recording. Much of the album was funded by fans through her ‘Donor’s Circle’
Two and half years after it was started, “Something Fierce” was ready for an eager listening audience. A two disc release, musically it falls squarely into a singer-songwriter/folk album with flourishes of jazz, torch, and even a little rock. Subject matter ranges from geek culture and romantic relationships to life on the road and her adopted state of Alaska. The first disc is probably most diverse of the two with a wider range of subjects. The second disc is a more intimate affair. Both discs are great though.
This project is hard to describe. Every time I’ve listened to it I’ve been surprised by something new that I hadn’t heard before. In addition to pushing her lyric writing ability, she also explores her vocal range a bit more on this album showing a well rounded growth all of the way around. “Something Fierce,” as well as the rest of her albums, is available through mariancall.bandcamp.com. You can also try before you buy through streaming the full album there for free. Check it out, it is definitely a winner.