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The best unknown you'll never hear...
on February 16, 2009
Matraca Berg is best known around the music biz as a songwriter, and not a lot has ever been heard from her as a solo performer. If you listen to this album, you'll hear a lot more than the Nashville sound or the West Coast polish. It's somewhere in between, and has an interesting sound all its own.
There are several standouts, and the music is consistently solid, with support from such stellar musicians as Michael Landau. Guns in My Head is an interesting turn on seeing yourself as the problem. There is a loping version of Parton's Jolene that fits the generally relaxed tempo of the CD. Come to Mama, a remake of the standard Come to Papa, has an awesome band groove and a little growl from Matraca.
The haunting "Lying to The Moon" is the most memorable tune here, and lends itself to repeated listenings. Matraca evokes an honestly hurtful performance, sounding as bewildered as the lyrics suggest.
This won't be the best album you've ever heard, but it will fit easily into any relaxed listen and reward you with a couple of attention getting performances along the way. You'll catch yourself singing the songs days afterwards.