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: