Something Nyro-esque informs and inhabits Wolfe’s very promising, first full length CD: The restless rhythms of the Lower East Side and the various, vibrant voices and muses of New York give her music an urban spontaneity, a refreshing spark from the standard guitar, piano or band based singer/songrwriter format.
With her music bred in the country (she attended Oberlin College) but fed by the city, Wolfe is a secure writer and vocalist, offering a wide expanse of color and flavor as evidenced by the raucous and soulful Naked (with exhilarating background vocals by Sophia Ramos); the edgy Nuclear Love’; and the compelling balladry of Uma, Lucy and the environmental ode And She Sings.
Produced by Grammy winner Steve Addabbo (Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega) and with the tight and emphatic her core trio: bassist Keith Golden, drummer Alex Alexander and the versatile and electrified Ann Klein on guitar, Wolfe, who continues to establish herself throughout the Northeast (she is a familiar voice at The Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, The Bitter End and Boston’s House of Blues) has given us a disc of many rewards. More importantly, it serves as a prologue to finer things.
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