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Liz Longley, Liz Longley (Sugar Hill Records)




Liz Longley, Liz Longley (Sugar Hill Records)
CD Reviews: February 18, 2015

02/19/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Liz Longley, Liz Longley (Sugar Hill Records)

Pretty typical backstory here, considering the times: Berklee graduate moves from Boston to New York, finds it wanting as far as positive reception to her mellow-down Americana-pop, hats out to Nashville, then pulls in $35K from Kickstarter to get this released. Longley won’t unseat Norah Jones as this era’s Linda Ronstadt any time soon, but the field isn’t clogged with acts this good. In “Bad Habit” she compares being in a bad relationship to cigarette addiction, sung to a subdued beat that recalls Paula Cole, one marquee name Longley’s opened for. The fact that she’s been a metaphorical bridesmaid much more often than a bride in that regard helps explain the chameleon-like changes in vibe, from the aforementioned tune to the wizened, torchy blues-country of “You’ve Got That Way” (she’s opened for Nanci Griffith). But she’s a 1990s-pop junkie too, going by the obviously Lisa Loeb-inspired “Peace of Mind” — a lot of chill-out bases get covered by this girl, and with the all-pro backup band she put together for this one, it’s hard to find any missteps at all.  She’ll play Londonderry’s Tupelo Music Hall on March 25. A Eric W. Saeger
 





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