Lizz Wright: The Orchard (Verve)

 |   |  <1 min read

Lizz Wright: Another Angel
Lizz Wright: The Orchard (Verve)

We aren't short of soulful women singers right now, but few deliver with such blues gravitas and sensual authority as this Georgia-raised New Yorker whose two previous albums on Verve announced her as one of the rare ones.

Most black (and a few white) women singers who sing with an ache are hailed as the new Billie Holiday (Corinne Bailey Rae? Gimme a break!) but for once the reference is relevant.

Wright made her name touring a Holiday tribute but she has stepped out as her own person, although now we hear "Nina Simone" and "Etta James" whispered about her.

Forget the comparisons then and simply let this album persuade you: the earthy blues, songs about the desperation of love, Joey Burns and John Convertino from Calexico, Larry Campbell from Dylan's band, a raunchy but restrained cover of Ike and Tina Turner's I Idolise You which oozes lust, a subtle country flavour in places, a touch of gospel . . .

Whether it be in a country-folk ballad style (Another Angel co-written with John Leventhal best known for his co-writes with/for Shawn Colvin) or taking Page-Plant's Thank You (from Led Zepp II) into moody winelight territory, Lizz Wright pours soul into these songs and deftly pulls it out again.

Understatement again proves the winner on the day.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

IN BRIEF: A quick overview of some recent international releases

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column which scoops up releases by international artists, in much the same way as our SHORT CUTS column... > Read more

David Dallas: Falling into Place (Dirty/Universal)

David Dallas: Falling into Place (Dirty/Universal)

In times to come when collections of contemporary New Zealand poetry are written (if not published in the form we have been used to), you'd like to think recent lyrics by Miriam Clancy, Moana... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Eddie Turner: Miracles and Demons (Northern Blues/Southbound)

Eddie Turner: Miracles and Demons (Northern Blues/Southbound)

As mentioned previously on the occasion of The Turner Diaries, this singer-guitarist won't be to every blues fan's taste -- and not just because he gets the Hendrix tag a bit (true, but only... > Read more

ESSAY ON DESIGN (2007): The Internationalism of Idiocy

ESSAY ON DESIGN (2007): The Internationalism of Idiocy

In an ideal world good design should be like fine wine and excellent food: only noticeable by its absence. But we live with ordinary chardonnays, indifferent meals, and abusive or annoyingly awful... > Read more