Daringly, Northern California singer/songwriter Lori Hawk adds to the instantly unidentifiable Kate Bush to Tori Amos mix a dash of alt-folk storytelling and Annie Lennox bombast.
On most of her second disc, especially the jaunty and ever radio ready Princess Mary; the hauntingly sensuous title track, The Edge, and the earthen elegance of the hypnotic Hand To The Wall Hawk's lovely voice soothes while soaring into reverie, making the mix her own. It's only when she leans towards the Lennox bombast - as on For The Kings that she seems overwhelmed by the production. On Free while she lyrically celebrates sex as liberation, the music - an otherwise lush, spectral orchestration of East-West-Celtic - bogs down, bordering too close to New Age synth drone.
But don't let these few misgivings turn you away. Lori Hawk is, without reservation, someone we should be listening to now and listening for in the future.
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