Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pop; CDs of the Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pop; CDs of the Week

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Byline: Pete Clark

Dawn Landes Bluebird (Western Vinyl) DAWN Landes has called this fifth album a break-up record, following her divorce from fellow American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter. Their loss is our gain. While past releases have been more eclectic (including a 2012 EP of French chansons) this is a coherent collection of real beauty. It's downbeat and low-key, switching between acoustic guitar and piano, with Norah Jones on occasional backing vocals. Even when the guitar goes electric on Heel Toe it sits back in the mix, leaving plenty of space for Landes's sleepy voice. Songs such as Oh Brother and the standout Try to Make A Fire Burn Again recall Gillian Welch's melancholy country-folk. This is deceptively simple music that packs a real emotional punch.

David Smyth Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar) AS THE somewhat lugubrious title of this record implies, Angel Olsen is a somewhat serious chick and she has a rather fine voice that hovers between the ethereal and the belting. …

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