Krista Polvere: Here Be Dragons (Inertia)

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krista polvere: crying out loud
Krista Polvere: Here Be Dragons (Inertia)

This Adelaide singer-songwriter may sound a little weak in a couple of places here but that hasn't stopped some high-power friends lining up in a New York studio to help out on these delicate and somewhat stately alt.country songs: Ryan Adams (who co-wrote Let's Go), cellist Jane Scarpantoni, Adam Snyder and Grasshopper from Mercury Rev, and Emmylou/Dylan producer Malcolm Burn are all here. And even the inside cover comes courtesy of Neal Casal (guitarist without portfolio).
Nice to Ray Lamontagne and Deisel get a thank you in the credits too.
All those references will put you in the territory of these melodic, downbeat songs which come with gentle augmentation from Burn, tinkled piano and brusque but slow saxophone, sad cello . . .
She also has a way with a melodic hook though, and Crying Out Loud has quite rightly been picked up by some as an almost-single.
Can't imagine the radio station which would play it, but I'd be tuned in late at night when the wipers were working overtime and the road ahead was dark and long.

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