I know I’m a particularly easy mark, but when Kate Suhr sings, “This city feels electric/Maybe that’s why they all stay/Heard there’s something in the water/Calling people back this way,” I can almost smell the warm festival grass and see the stunning late August sunset behind the stage.
Suhr’s musical theatre background comes through loud and clear, not just in the way she paints scenes but in the stylistic range of the album and the clarity of her vocal delivery, both of which call to mind early Linda Ronstadt. Suhr gives herself excellent scripts; some of them are country songs about hurt feelings while others are epic, haunted folk tales.
The tasteful and precise instrumentation, heavy on strings and twanging guitars, is excellent throughout, but the Fairport Convention-style fiddle-guitar duel on the title track, courtesy of Jimmy Bowskill and producer James McKenty, is particularly great. An easy record to enjoy.
Kate Suhr’s Selkie Bride is available for purchase on iTunes.
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