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Sloan Wainwright - Cool Morning

Cool Morning

Sloan Wainwright

Derby Dive Music
Available from Sloan Wainwright's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic (rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

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.

Track List:

  • Cool Morning
  • Word Of The Day
  • Good Day To Listen
  • Illinois
  • Where The Streets Have No Name
  • Illuminate
  • I Spied You
  • Ready Or Not
  • From Where You Are
  • Summertime

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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