Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Diana Jones "Better Times Will Come" (2009)

The first thing you notice is the voice.  The impossible voice.  It seems almost inconceivable that voices like this can come from modern America.  Yet somehow they do.  The first comparison that comes to mind is Iris Dement.  Not because they sound alike, but because they are both so distinctive.

The voice is accompanied minimally & tastefully.  Then you begin to notice the songs.  Songs of the broken.  But this is not any kind of emo wallowing in their problems.  In fact, there's a defiant spirit -- as if the speakers know that life is hard, but enduring, & somehow thriving, is in fact possible.

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