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Krista Detor - Cover Their Eyes

Cover Their Eyes

Krista Detor

Corazong Records - 255 102

Available from Corazong Records.

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

There is a wonderfully languid short musical interlude introducing the first song, Pretty Horses Run, and then Krista Detor's voice, which has a slight husk, to it kicks the song into another range, but there is also a hidden power that comes forth, a clarity of vision. Detor's music defies genre; it might create a new category, if there isn't one already (who can keep up with the fracturing), world folk music. There is a clarity and strength to both her music and her voice, as she takes the many disparate genres of music that have filtered into her life, and moved her, and weaves it into a seamless whole that seems to be greater than all the parts that make it up.

Cover Their Eyes is comprised of twelve of her songs, four written with a collaborator, most often Dave Weber the Producer and guitar, cajon player on this disc. The songs mirror the diversity of influences that comprise the inspiration for this disc: from Robert Johnson to W. H. Auden to Marlene Dietrich to Kurt Vonnegut. This is one of those discs that captures your attention from the minute you see the powerful and very startling photographs on either the front or back cover, and then, keeping your eyes covered, you slip the disc in the changer and from that languid beginning to the very end there is a strength, clarity and purity to this disc that demands your attention. It is definitely not going to be music you put on while you are doing something else. The intensity of the disc comes both from the strength of the songwriting and the power of the vision of the artist. Just listen to the duet with Carrie Newcomer, the spare arrangement and the intertwining of the voices that closes the disc. This is a talent that can only exceed itself; I eagerly look forward to see what directions she takes off in for the next disc.

Quick word about the photos on the package, which are spectacular. They were done by Jim Krause and then painted by Hugh Syme, and these alone are worth the price.

Track List:

  • Pretty Horses Run
  • Marlene in a Movie
  • The World is Water
  • Go Ahead and Wait
  • Robert Johnson Has Left Mississippi
  • Cover Their Eyes
  • Anemic Moon
  • Dinner With Chantel
  • Icarus
  • Waterline
  • How Will I Know
  • Lay Him Down

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

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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