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‘Sing Your Song’ is beautifully crafted, bittersweet

Reviewed by Julian Wilson

Artist: Kat Goldman

Title: Sing Your Song

The temptation in listening to singer/songwriter Kat Goldman’s Sing Your Song is to relax and let all of the background music take center stage in your ear attention. Certainly as the album opens with its bittersweet blend of piano and violins, the desire to be swept by it all is fairly considerable. However, there are depths to be plumbed on this disc on both a lyrical and musical level.

Goldman seems to be attracted to midtempo piano-based numbers; there’s quite a few here, and the finest -“Baby You Gonna Fall in Love,” “The Lone Plane,” and “Angel Child” – evoke images of autumn. For the first couple of hearings, you probably won’t notice Goldman’s words. That doesn’t mean her lyrics are weak (quite the contrary, in fact); it’s just that the music is so well played and evocative that it can make your mind drift into your own scrapbook of memories.

You can give this the folk tag if you want; however, I don’t hear folk albums as beautifully crafted as this.

Vickie Russell returns wit to country music

Reviewed by Carson James

Artist: Vickie Russell

Title: Next

If Dolly Parton is interested in reviving her superstar country career, she might want to think about covering the title track of Vickie Russell’s new CD. “What about the one before, I think it was Wayne?/At your 10th reunion you rekindled the flame/Got you hot and bothered by the way he kissed/Had a second job as an arsonist,” Russell sings. Such twisted humor has sadly become a lost art in country music; I applaud Russell for reminding us that this genre is not as vanilla as people think.

Russell sways back and forth from old to new country, utilizing elements of both to create a sound that is neither too retro nor too pop. She should be able to corral both audiences then. Her singing borrows from folk music, such as on “Painted by Monet” and “I Want You,” with its reflective acoustic opening that then picks up speed. The piano song, “Go to Sleep,” is as sweet and uplifting they come. You will emerge from Next with a large smile on your face, either from laughing out loud or simply being touched.