Formerly in The Westies, and a founder member (playing fiddle and vocals, plus writing songs) alongside her husband Michael McDermott has waited seven years while raising her first born to record her sophomore album (follow-up to her 2010 debut, Rain). Horton’s cultured songwriting and music is a mix of folk pop and rock, and with her songs dealing with subjects affecting women; everyday challengers faced included have her weave an intriguing tapestry of thoughts and sound. The album was recorded in Nashville and is produced by musician Lex Price, and with her combining music with audible mystical art her music tends to drift opposed to urge the listener to get up and dance.
Born in Hawaii, but raised in the Midwest, Chicago’s Horton’s taste for darker foreboding sounds is more evident on some tracks than others. As is the case on “Wheelchair Man”, her concern for the less fortunate, and those suffering both physically and mentally has seen her come up with an album awash in attitude.
There are also more hip moments as in the lilting hypnotic sounding “Did You Feel That?” before she returns to the wistful, and I have to say beautiful “Save The Rain”. It in turn is followed by the nicely produced, percussion driven “Boomerang”. Yet, it is with her songs, tracks six and seven respectively “Flesh And Blood” and “F.U” plus the less intense, more artful “Pauper Sky” she really shows off her talent (that had me gain the urge to press repeat a number of times!). The latter though adequately coloured instrumentally there is a beautiful, spacious feel to entice the listener ever closer to her vocals. As for the former pairing she doggedly forces herself through hard times (“Flesh And Blood”) as she propels the song with the theme of ‘shame on you’ as she mournful reflects on neglect and injustice. “F.U” has her vocally in arguably the best form on the record. As for the lyrics she is decidedly sharp too with such lyrics as 'Jolene has got nothing on you. Whores and loan sharks also get a mention as she sings 'You are packing heat in the sole of your shoe. You stayed in a car in front of our house and you hired hit man, but he is my cousin. He offered to off you but I declined politely. With her clever off the wall entertaining lyrics Horton underlines he talent as a writer. A shrewd at that.
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