Hell Or High Water
Available from the Stockfisch Records web site
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Jazzy, cerebral and sensuous, Sara K.’s music inhabits a lush, organic niche between Joni Mitchell (whom she sounds remarkably like) and a bluesier, less twangy Lucinda Williams.
Songs like Ship In A Bottle ("What makes you follow is why you can’t stay/ Your ship in a bottle starts sailing away); Set You Free, Something More’, and her cover of I Can’t Stand The Rain rivet your attention to her nuance and style.
So why am I being hesitant about going all out of ‘Hell Or High water’? Though her sound freely incorporates guitars. dobros, piano, kalimba, horns, glass harp, whistles and various basses and percussion, it all sounds too perfect. It sounds like each note was carefully, thought over, discussed, committeed, polled and then tracked. This is totally subjective I know but it’s bothering me so I’ve got to bring it up. I’d like to hear Sara k. a bit loser, a little closer to the heart and bone.
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