Sloan's only misstep on her rich and affirming fourth disc is the interminable take on U2's Where The Streets Have No Name. Ver-ry heavy-handed, it's as if Wainwright is trying to insist we feel about the song the same way she does.
Elsewhere, Cool Morning is a gracefully textured work, as Wainwright's unique alto champions our higher calling. "The word of the day is … fearless" she sings on the uplifting Word Of The Day. Good Day To Live makes for an even better day. The disc's true gem? I sing Illinois over and over again, feeling stronger each time I do.
Without great fanfare, Sloan Wainwright has created an invigorating and mature body of work standing head and shoulders above most of her indie peers and mainstream posers. With a fluent mix of jazz, folk, and rock at her creative fingertips, she and her collaborators (notably Steve Murphy - guitar and Cary Brown - piano) continue to illuminate our collective evolution.
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