Carrie Rodriguez: She Ain't Me

She Ain’t Me will be released on August 5th. The organic folk style of this sophomore release from singer-songwriter, classically trained violinist, and Chip Taylor collaborator Carrie Rodriguez is a slight departure from the twangier country sound of her debut Seven Angels on a Bicycle. Gary Louris of The Jayhawks co-wrote several songs on the album, which features guest vocals by Lucinda Williams and Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still.

don’t a murder of crows on a maple roost hungry at night?
don’t loose flocks soar over the rooftops in sorrowful flight?
don’t the winter crows gather together by the light of the moon?
don’t a heart beat heavy alone in a dark and empty room?

“Infinite Night” is a good start, a moody Western strummer that brings out an interestingly fierce tone in Carrie’s voice that was absent from her previous release. Gary Louris sings harmony on the track as well as on “El Salvador”, while Lucinda Williams provides backing vocals on “Mask of Moses”.

The spunky spitfire image portrayed in the album’s cover art is deceptive. “She Ain’t Me” could use a dose of the opener’s vocal gumption, but the woman scorned title track instead leans into a catchier pop rhythm. And Rodriguez reveals the more vulnerable side of her voice in the desperate verses of “Rag Doll”.

Carrie’s fiddle haunts the eerily rustic stand out track “Absence”, on which Crooked Still’s Aoife O’Donovan lends her voice. Other tracks melt into each other indistinctly until the attention is subtly absorbed once again by the austere arrangement and seductive lyrics of “Let Me In”.

Carrie till be touring with Alejandro Escovedo this autumn.

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7 thoughts on “Carrie Rodriguez: She Ain't Me

  1. See – I didn’t even have the guts to do it in my own name, even if I know you know it’s me and I’m joking. Time for some outrage to distance myself from that sort of awful comment:That fiddle is gorgeous, I don’t know what that idiot ‘anon’ is thinking. Have some courage you coward and post under your real name!There, that’s better. And the fiddle really is gorgeous!

  2. Matthew – Well, I kinda dared you to do it. 🙂 And it’s nice not to just hear the chirps of crickets on a review for once!

  3. I saw Carrie open for Lucinda awhile ago and her show was just SO perfect, I thought I might be listening to a cd while she played. Excited to hear she has a new album out.

  4. Hype: I’m glad to hear that Carrie puts on a good live show. I’ll be seeing her in concert in a few weeks.

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