What does it sound like?:
Giddens’ voice rings as strong and true as the Liberty Bell. She is classically trained and is the front woman for the folk revivalists, The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Having stolen the show on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, she is rewarded with this solo debut, backed by classy session musicians and a big name producer, T Bone Burnett.
Bravely, she chooses to cover ten songs written or made famous by some of the most inspirational female characters to strut a stage. Usually, a ‘show case’ like this collapses under the strain of attempting to demonstrate all of the artist’s diverse skills in a single album. However, the thread of a feminist message, the theme of updating the past and the fact that Giddens actually is good at everything, hold the album together beautifully. She really can subvert like Nina, stretch the heart-strings like Patsy, seduce like Dolly, testify with the joy of Sister Rosetta and burn the blues like Bessie. However, these aren’t mere copycat performances. They are fresh, cleared-eyed re-imaginings delivered with a warmth and subtlety that reach the emotional core of the songs. I sometimes find Burnett’s productions » Continue Reading.