Small revolution or The Ani DiFranco Tribute Show?
I appreciate and applaud the righteous babe and anyone who dares to bare their souls in word and song as much as the next guy, but when you've opened for kd lang, Difranco, and shared the stage playing impressive cello with jazz legends Charlie Haden and Michael Brecker, you've got to figure your own voice is worth hearing, and on your debut disc, you'd want it heard clearly.
Mac definitely has the chops on cello, both her lyrical bowing and plucking of the instrument fusing jazz, rock and folk into a merger that should be all her own, but, in the shadow of Ani, she tends to get lost, which is truly unfortunate. Highlight songs like Pale Reflection, Lucy, Turn Me Away, Drifted, Glass Jar, and a very intimate take on Bill Withers' Use Me, prove beyond any doubt the lady has the voice and a great lyrical and rhythmic sense. Hopefully, future music will reveal the student as great as her influences; taking the music beyond their scope, making them and the rest of us ready to listen and be moved by the experience.
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