Though this album came out early in 2009, it took her coming through town for me to decide to check the cd out. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I put the cd in my car but it certainly isn’t what I got.

What I got was 11 tracks of lyrics piled high with dark overtures and melancholy undertones riding on top of a country/rock bounce and shuffle musical accompaniment. While the music and songs themselves are good enough, it’s Samantha’s voice itself that I find truly captivating. Her voice and enunciation somehow manage to be both odd and completely captivating at the same time. In fact, her diction is so unusual that I was taken aback to find out she’s from Oklahoma rather than some far off country.

As I said earlier, this album has been out for quite sometime and there are plenty of reviews out there for you to read from Rolling Stone to The New York Times and our good internet friends over at Love Shack Baby are probably the biggest Samantha Crain fans I know of, so if you want more words go check all of them out. Me, I’m just gonna bow out with some sounds:

Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers – Devil’s In Boston
Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers – Scissor Tales
Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers – Rising Sun

Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers’ Official Site, Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers on lala, Buy Songs In The Night


  1. Why thank you for the linkup! I have to give Matthew over at Song, by Toad credit for turning me on to her. He heard her at Pickathon in 2008 and reported back about her amazing voice and talent. I tracked her down after that and found her to be an engaging woman with a lot to say! I just can’t stop listening to her and luckily enough she comes through Chicago quite often. If it occurs to you that her vocal stylings are put on or that she has an “act” just go see her and you’ll know that she’s as genuine as can be. I can’t rave enough about every word that comes out of her mouth and about her band as well. Genius, all of them! xoxo

  2. This is great! Thanks for the tip, my eMusic downloads refreshed today and this was my first pickup.

  3. Glad to see a mention of Samantha here! I saw her at Pickathon this summer, and I agree with what was said above, he voice is evocation, not acting, and if you see her live, you will agree. Unfortunately the Midnight Shivers are no mas, at least the original version of them, but I am really looking forward to see where Samantha goes from here.

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