No one else in this country writes pop music with such hopeless beauty and pride as Stella Sommer. After four albums with her band Die Heiterkeit and two solo records, her recent double-LP »Silence Wore a Silver Coat« presents us with a great songwriter and arranger who has mastered her art with a delicate touch. In her uninhibited, uncalculated masterpieces her radiant, darkly iridescent vocals shine atop untamed soundscapes. Despite all the melancholy and darkness, though, Stella Sommer’s songs emanate a warmth that conveys feelings of hope and comfort. Because »in my darkness there’s a spare room for you / There’s a toothbrush for you« – and a few bottles of wine. Songs for the morning after Weltschmerz!