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Josephine Foster and the Supposed

All the Leaves Are Gone
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"Creepiness" is clearly the central theme here, and on All the Leaves Are Gone, Josephine Foster's spooky vocal style manages a nifty trick: Not only does she succeed in exhuming the soul of '60s folk while maintaining the cool, detached stance of an indie artist (Cat Power comes to mind), she also keeps us guessing throughout. All the Leaves may first appear to be nothing more than a novelty record, but by album's end the wailing, psychedelic guitar sonatas have morphed into a full-on rock opera. In the interim, Foster has fashioned herself a charter member of the oddly popular "weird folk" movement, which is represented stateside by bands like Animal Collective and Six Organs of Admittance. But like many groups with talented female vocalists, Josephine Foster and the Supposed wouldn't be much of anything without, uh, Josephine Foster. Creepiness, in this case, is something we'd rather not do without.     

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