We Read Sixpence None The Richer Their Reviews


Sixpence None the Richer sprang to life in the early '90s and slogged it out on the Christian underground circuit for several years before hitting the bigtime with their crossover pop smash "Kiss Me"--a tune that topped charts, soundtracked the on-screen romantic travails of Freddie Prinze Jr. and James Van Der Beek (separately, of course), and is still in heavy rotation on radio stations named "Jack" and "Ben." The Nashville-based quintet enjoyed the limelight for a while, then called it quits not long after 2002's Divine Discontent. Singer Leigh Nash and guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum pursued solo careers for much of the '00s, but reunited a few years ago to try to recapture some of that old magic. After nearly two years of delays, the revamped quartet finally issued a new album, Lost in Transition, in August. We reached Nash by phone this week for a round of "Reviewing the Reviews," wherein we read her excerpts from a handful of recent Transition reviews and got her reactions--she ended up talking about life, hitmaking, stabbing people in the face, getting kicked in the boobs, and more.

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Nash's voice has strengthened as she's gotten older; the breathy warble is still there, but there's a grainier edge to it, and she wields it with more confidence and power. And she and Slocum have evolved into a truly top-notch songwriting team. (Allmusic.com)

That's very nice. That grainy sound they're talking about is the product of a lot of crying [laughs]. I started making records when I was really young--the first Sixpence record we made I was 15 when we went in the studio--so I was a child, and now I'm a 36-year-old woman that had an 11-year marriage fall apart and my father passed away five years ago. So my voice has definitely changed. For the better. I've taken a lot of hits and keep gettin' up, and my voice is hopefully a little stronger every time.

Sixpence disappeared in the '00s, and others rushed to fill the void--not just the Weepies, who borrowed the group's whole bag (and who've acknowledged the influence), but also many singer-songwriters who saw the group's marriage of blithe coffeehouse folk, Crowded House-style songcraft and inspirational music as a formula worth working. Lost in Transition, the band's first album in a decade, further supports the idea that Sixpence was ahead of its time. (NJ.com)

I completely agree. I'm Sixpence's biggest fan, but we're the band that could that really has very little confidence as a whole. When I'm onstage I have a ton of confidence, we just don't have a lot of confidence in our position, because we left it. We walked away and now we're a little bit shy about things. We're just kinda trying to meekly raise our hands and say 'We'd still like to make records if anybody wants to hear them.' But it's really nice to hear people say that we're ahead of our time in any way and hopefully we're doing things that are still worthwhile.

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