FAME Review: Joanna Mosca - Let It All Begin
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Joanna Mosca - Let It All Begin

Let It All Begin

Joanna Mosca

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com)

Joanna Mosca's talents became instantly known when, in starting her musical career, she scored three consecutive slots in the Top Ten FMBQ AC Radio Chart between 2006 and 2008. Impressive. From there, she released a CD with a half dozen original cuts flanking covers and now releases a 6-song EP-CD that starts out with a very John Stewart-ish track, Dream On Savannah, followed by a countryfied Stevie Nicks in Would You Still be Here?, a song that has echoes of The Diaphonous One, Lindsey Buckingham, and the rest of the Fleetwood Mac crew donning cowboy boots and driving an F-150 down the road into an exultant sunset. The further the CD progresses, the more noticeable a certain ringing ambiance becomes, an atmosphere full of hope even in the middle of heartache and mistaken ambitions. Where Does Good Love Go? embodies that in spades, the kind of redemptionist soap opera that country music—and, yes, the later Fleetwood Mac—is so good at scribing. The songs are all written and played by Nashville-ians and Mosca chose her compeers well. Her voice quivers with sympathy for life's victims, for the foibles of riskily plighted middle-class actors and actresses in shady groves, trailer parks, distant farms, and the edges of frenzied cities. No matter where she finds her Everyman and Everywoman, though, she never fails to believe in them ('n maybe kick their butts just a bit, motivating 'em, as in Let It All Begin), and I strongly suspect that this ace card is what attracts her audience like bees to honey.

Track List:

  • Dream On Savannah (Troy Verges)
  • Would You Still Be Here (Jeremy Spillman)
  • Keep On Driving (Troy Verges)
  • I Guess That Says It All (White / Thibodaux / Williams)
  • Let It All Begin (Trish Murphy)
  • Where Does Good Love Go (Hancheroff / Ritchey / Lawson)

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

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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