A bonus treat on this new Terri Hendrix disc is that we get to hear her play a lot more harmonica, and she is very good. She has also written/co-written nine of the twelve songs, so we get to hear a lot of her wry observations and enjoy the humor that is often underplayed. She is, as has been the case recently, produced by her long time musical partner and accompanist Lloyd Maines, the extremely proficient master of many stringed instruments. In every way, this is the most complete and well-realized disc that she has done. The band that accompanies her here is made up of long time cohorts, who have been around long enough to be quite accomplished in their own right, seem to infuse the music with that additional joy that Terri exudes and always seems to surround her. They include; Lloyd Maines, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo, papoose, pedal steel, harmonium, and harmony vocals, Glen Fukunaga, bass, Paul Pearcy, drums and percussion, and Riley Osbourn, keyboards.
The vocals here are strong and Ms Hendrix makes full use of the wide range her voice is capable of covering, however her strength is putting across the conviction she feels about the material, and the range of emotions these songs elicit from her inner self. Listen to the vocal gyrations that go into the excellent scat singing on, Mood Swing, a side of her singing that was not apparent before. The listener can almost visualize the incidents that created the situations from which these songs evolved. The awareness and grace to capture the epiphany at its inception, to seize the moment and put it out for the listener to enjoy and have it convey the emotional range of the observer.
There is a great deal of craft that goes into her songs to bring up the emotions intended and she shows herself to be a keen observe of the minute details that sell a story in that convincing way. Give good long listens to the way she takes the details and uses them to build her songs and make them convincing. Take a second listen to the way she uses humor in, The Spiritual Kind, or the nature observations in, Acre of Land, or the heart felt emotion of, If I Had a Daughter. A great disc with its variety of rhythm, mood, many swings and great pacing.
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