Ninth Street Opus (Released 4th Feb) www.carrierodriguez.com
Carrie Rodriguez came to prominence working with singer/songwriter Chip Taylor (who is heavily involved in the songwriting on the album) and since 2006 has released three solo albums to date. On this new album she goes for some dark lyrical themes and has been influenced by Leonard Cohen.
Musically this album touches a fair few bases although it has Americana at its heart, with some bluegrass, folk and even a little indie rock thrown in for good measure. ‘Devil In Mind’ is n upbeat start and does have a little indie rock attitude. The song is reprised as an instrumental with Carrie Rodriguez’s manic fiddle playing taking centre stage.
The quieter songs really gel with the listener, most notably ‘Get Back In Love’ with a blissful, restrained lap steel guitar. ‘Brooklyn’ has an almost pop feel to it and would been a shoe-in as a song for ‘Dawson’s Creek’ if it still was being made.
This album should help Carrie Rodriguez get some wider recognition and her voice has soothing quality coupled with some jaw dropping fiddle playing.
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