Five Miles From Hope

Mindy Jostyn

(PCD 017)

111 E. 14th St., Suite 300
New York, NY 10003

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Erika Sato

Five Miles From Hope swings from folk-rock to country to gospel, giving Mindy Jostyn room to show her diverse musical talents. Jostyn has toured with Billy Joel and Joe Jackson and appeared on albums by Donald Fagen, The Story and Andreas Vollenweider. Part of what sets this disc apart is her use of violin and harmonica on top of the more standard acoustic guitar. Her vocal and musical style produces a slightly gritty, energetic sound.

The disc opens with All Roads, a catchy country folk-rock song, with what can only be called "driving violin licks". All Roads addresses the complexities of relationships, as do many of the songs on this album. Take It as a Sign demonstrates much of Jostyn's flexibility and has a bluesy, gospel flavor. She also shows her talents on the harmonica to good effect in this tune. White Magic goes back to the country feel. There's a good range here; this album avoids the common failing of having all songs sound the same.

Carly Simon does a duet with Jostyn on Time Be on My Side, a torch-song style piece. Donald Fagen contributes to Too Easy and Garth Hudson of "The Band" appears on Common Ground. Here's the complete song listing (all are original songs by Mindy Jostyn or Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman):

Despite full production, the album retains a good amount of energy and does not sound overdone. Five Miles From Hope is a fine calling card for Mindy Jostyn, allowing her to show off her talents from folk-rock to gospel/blues, with a voice that is cool and clear with a hint of Melissa Etheridge grit.

Edited by Kerry Dexter

Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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