On her fifth studio release as a solo artist, Americana's rootsy darlin' reveals more of herself than she has ever has before. As a follow-up to 2010's wildly acclaimed Love and Circumstance, a masterful collection of compelling and seductive covers, Give Me All You Got returns Rodriguez to her song-writing fore and we all reap the benefits.
Produced by Lee Townsend, the disc captures a very live, exuberant vibe. As Devil In Mind a saucy starter, proves with proof to spare. Though I never agree with a singer/songwriter including an instrumental version of a song as she does with an instrumental version of said song, I have to admit that hearing that fiddle cutting through is a concession I'm willing to concede this one time. The way she slyly slurs Sad Joy is almost too-knowing. And whereas the thoroughly irresistible Lake Harriet reveals a hitherto little exposed pop radio sensibility; as does the darker themed Whiskey Runs Thicker Than Blood and the playfully delightful, autobiographical Brooklyn might have some suspecting the lady has lost her edge, it's but a fleeting concern, as I Cry For Love, Tragic, and Cut Me Now bear out beautifully. Add the old-timey, closing duet I Don't Mind Waiting and Give Me All You Got ends with an ever-evolving artist at the top of her game.
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