mp3 VBR~235 kbps | 63 MB | UL | OB | TB
There’s a haunting stillness to Electric Ursa, the new album from Kentucky singer/songwriter Joan Shelley. Some of that has to do with her voice: gentle and masterfully-controlled, it has the same effect as a bedtime story told in low tones — soothing, comforting, peaceful and warm. Even when the words she sings are sad — and, occasionally, they are — she sings like someone who can see the light behind the clouds. It’s perfectly paired with the album’s soft, pastoral instrumentation: distant guitars that seem wreathed in mist, slowly-pirouetting banjo, piano that arrives gentle as snowfall. The combined effect is breathtaking in its beauty: lovely, graceful songs that glide and swoop like far-off birds.
Marty Stuart returns with this marvelous, if frustratingly brief, 30 minute album of traditional styled county originals. His appropriately named Fabulous Superlatives touring band is joined by a few guests, but this batch of wonderful songs that wrap themselves around oft-recorded C&W topics of truck driving, heartaches and lots of loneliness captures a rootsy groove that’ll make you forget all of Nashville’s slick qualities and love country and western all over again. In that sense it’s a continuation of Stuart’s career. The singer is in fine voice and seems inspired by this outlaw move to revive the time-honored music he loved when he first hit Nashville as an impressionistic kid in 1972.
mp3 160 kbps | 47 MB | UL