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Lizzie West & The White Buffalo - I Pledge Allegiance to Myself

I Pledge Allegiance to Myself

Lizzie West & the White Buffalo

Appleseed Recordings 1094

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

Lizzie West's voice is both secure, relaxed and full of strength and conviction, and rattling and unsettling; just as her songs are both comfortable and at the same time so startling in either content or delivery that you have no choice but to sit up and take notice. If you don't want to think about things, if you have a disdain for strong women who speak their mind, frankly, then she is going to knock you on your hind most portion.

On this disc of 14 songs, West wrote/co-wrote all but 3 (including America The Beautiful but did write the Pledge that it contains) is done in collaboration with Anthony Kieraldo, AKA The White Buffalo. He contributes some vocals, piano, guitar, ashiko, bass, organ, percussion and some producing, as well as support that is necessary in a project like this.

The disc radiates an inner strength and power that separates it from the run of the mill ordinary that is more than just her unusually wavery voice, strong convictions, and strength and depths of the songs she has written, it is that intangible that can't be touched or duplicated. Listen to what she does with the classic Bob Marley/Winston MacIntosh composition, Get Up, Stand Up. She so wraps herself into it that it becomes a Lizzie West piece. She does the same with Steve Goodman's, City of New Orleans. It isn't that she changes the song, but uses her delivery and voice texture to add new layers to the song. This is an artist that has so much to offer to those who come into this with an open mind and heart. Someone we will hear from in one way or another for a long time to come.

Track List:

  • Take These Demons
  • God Damn That, Man
  • Rope Me In and Smoke Me
  • I Pledge Allegiance to Myself
  • Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman (Thank You)
  • 19 Miles to Baghdad
  • Get Up, Stand Up
  • Of Course, My Love
  • Reaching for Light
  • I Can See the Mountains from Here
  • Brooklyn Bound
  • Looking for Leonard Cohen Part 1
  • City of New Orleans
  • They Won't Bury Us Till We Die

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

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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