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Singer-songwriter, New York-native Carrington MacDuffie splits her time between Austin and Seattle, and though I don’t hear too much of the former in her music there is no doubting her ability or of the band lending support. While on the subject the players are, David Dorn (keys, synth), Grady Saxman (drums, percussion, programming), Tim Galloway (guitar, electric Sitar, ukelele) and Tim Denbo (bass)
All but two tracks of the thirteen are written by MacDuffie. As she focuses hard and fast on pop with hints of rock and, though capable enough I prefer my music to be more roots driven. Although the album does, posses a sprinkling of songs that contained appealing aspects. One of which and possibly her finest work is “Rising Sun” and with an infectious rhythm “Come For Me” the record is elevated to a level anticipated. On moving through the album, tender ballad “Didn’t Wanna” offers something of a 1970s feel, and is both interesting and enjoyable as she cultivates a cool rhythm. While I may be a little guilty in my over zealous criticism since one or two songs are beginning to make inroads with me and a connection with the likes of “Over Again"and lively (excellent) indie-pop effort “Come For Me”. I don't believe she sings any better on the record, as you can see here is an album that needs a few spins before her music gains full impact. It will be most interesting to so see her perform live.
“Blue Moon‘ (Rogers, Hart) is more impressive than her other cover, bonus track, “Why He Can’t Be You” (Hank Cochran) as she weaves, wistfully through a nicely produced version of the timeless piece.
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