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free music friday: terra naomi
June 5, 2009, 9:06 am
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fmf_terranaomiTerra Naomi
‘The Vicodin Song’ [new version]

A bona fide staple of LA singer-songwriter Terra Naomi’s repertoire of politically aware and conscientious pop-rock songs, ‘The Vicodin Song’ has come a long way since first appearing on her 2004 eponymous EP and then on 2006’s live recording, Virtually. By 2007, the rough and ready piano track about looking for a way out of one’s suffering had morphed into a more impassioned, more polished track that Island Records saw fit to tuck away as a hidden track at the end of Terra’s major label debut Under The Influence. The album pretty much flopped in the UK, and Terra herself has since admitted that she wasn’t happy with how things had transpired with making and promoting the record. For the upcoming follow-up, In Spite Of And Not Because, Terra has gone back to her independent ways, recording the album within a fortnight and producing it herself with two friends back in California.

‘The Vicodin Song’ defies the odds by cropping up yet again on the new album, this time given a full band treatment with drums and guitars that kick in around the 1:20 mark. It’s not the most radical makeover you’ll ever have heard but the song still sounds fresh, especially when the soaring multi-layered choir of backing vocals arrive in the final minute. Besides, Terra’s not asking us to pay for something we essentially already have multiple times over – this one’s on the house. Check out www.getfreevicodin.com for her funny spin on the giveaway. That said, we don’t allow direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription-only drugs in the UK so Vicodin is far from a household name over here (it’s a strong painkiller, in case you’re wondering). If In Spite Of And Not Because succeeds commercially, that could change for both the tablet and the artist. MP3 after the jump.


FREE MP3: Terra Naomi, ‘The Vicodin Song’ [new version]

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