This CD is a down-to-the-bones expression of blues and folk that you'll want for your collection. Each song transforms the listener. The sound on 'Grey Matters' is remarkable with a palpable presence and a warm, intimate immediacy. There's something timeless about Susan's melodies and rhythms, a sense that the songs could easily have been written either yesterday or forty years ago. Lyrically, though, they're thoroughly contemporary, if not so much in theme then in attitude. She adroitly avoids the 'sensitive singer-songwriter' trap, instead displaying an unapologetic strength and a refreshing resilience. Susan's guitar playing is superlative and her voice combines a bourbon-and-sandpaper rasp with the smoothness of brushed velvet. What stands above everything is the quality of the songs. Each track is reminiscent of some classic genre, moving smoothly from jazz to folk to bluegrass to blues while maintaining an impeccable quality of songwriting that leaves the listener transformed. The overall experience is stunning.
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