Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Paradise Outlaw

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Paradise Outlaw

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Pieta Brown

Paradise Outlaw

Red House

Singer-songwriter looks to the Beats for her understated new album

The hushed music on singer-songwriter Pieta Brown's sixth album, Paradise Outlaw, couldn't be more different from her previous release, 201 l's Mercury, which she banged out live in a Nashville studio in just three days. That record pit Brown's gossameî voice and poetic lyrics against a gritty backdrop of standup bass, drums played with brushes, crisp acoustic guitars, and the kind of shimmering tremolo that spawned a hundred Sun hits.

Paradise Outlaw feels more studied, steeped in the sort of misty indie-folk you might hear on a Bon Iver record. Not surprisingly, Bon Iver's Justin Vfemon sings on two of the album's hazier early tracks, "Ricochet" and "Flowers of Love." It isn't until the fourth song, "Do You Know?," when Amos Lee's scratchy, soulful voice breaks through the gentle shimmer, that Paradise Outlaw clicks into gear. …

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