A little bit gentle… a little bit runnin’ wild…
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer: Child Ballads
There’s something magical in albums like Child Ballads: where two people seem destined to play together and specifically play these songs together. Here Mitchell and Hamer take on a set of old English folk songs, long stories told through the harmony of their voices and acoustic guitars. Simple, beautiful, perfect.
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Jenny O.: Automechanic
Jenny O. has one of those voices…equally well suited for the sweet love song as the country rambler as the full out rock song. Her debut album has got a bunch of that and more. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, his ear and touch is evident, but the songs carry the day, nary a weak track on the album.
Caitlin Rose: The Stand-In
Some people are just born that way and Nashville native, Caitlin Rose, whose mother and father are both in the country music biz, was no doubt born to sing these songs. This is throwback country music perfectly realized, sounding fresh and modern all the same, Rose’s voice singing sweetly of heartbreak and the like, a healthy dollop of steel guitars, banjos, et al. backing her up. Rose’s music exists where indie pop, rock and roll and country meet… I guess that’s Nashville?
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: Ripley Pine
Ripley Pine opens up with Aly Spaltro singing sweetly with just her guitar, like certainly she’d done hundreds of times in her bedroom. It’s nice, but you’ve heard it before. 30 seconds later, though, the band kicks in and all of the sudden Spaltro is Lady Lamb and we’re fully rockin’ out in “where have you been all my life?” mode. Which is just a way to say: don’t let the Beekeeper thing fool you, Ripley Pine is one of the biggest surprise kick-ass albums of 2013.