Saturday, March 16, 2013

Carrie Rodriguez: Give Me All You Got

"She released her début album, 'Seven Angels on a Bicycle,' in 2006, and recently put out her fifth, 'Give Me All You Got.' Along the way, Rodriguez ... has broadened her sound. It’s still founded in country-folk and showcases her skilled fiddling, but her arrangements have ventured to the border of pop music without quite crossing it. 'Whiskey Runs Thicker Than Blood,' one of the strongest songs on her new album, is a nearly perfect mid-tempo shuffle with pedal steel sparkling on the surface. And 'Brooklyn' cannily celebrates both her adopted home and the pleasures of occasionally escaping it. What is most impressive about Rodriguez’s singing is something unexpected: her diction, which can be slurred with emotion one moment and crisply analytical the next. She creates beautiful music that is always slyly smart, which in turn makes it more beautiful" (Ben Greenman, "Critic's Notebook," New Yorker, 2/11/13).

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