In the Groove
One and All
American singer/songwriter Pieta Brown will be playing at the Mullum Music Festival in a few weeks time so I thought I'd have a peek at what she does. This, her third full-length album, fits in slightly left of the country/folk/
Americana category. Brown's silken voice is the obvious selling point, however I get that uneasy Norah Jones feeling listening to this album – life is a bit syrupy and one-dimensional. Just as Jones seemed to succeed as part of the USA's need for soothing and healing post September 11, I suspect Brown might have similar appeal in a foreclosure-ridden post-GFC mid-western America. The arrangements are sparse with some slide guitar and occasional Wurlitzer electric piano to colour the bass, drums and acoustic guitar beds. The tempos are mostly on the relaxing side while a couple of tracks – El Guero and Shake – give a little jolt to the generally soporific groove zone. Belying the monochromatic musical feel, there are some very evocative lyrics throughout with flowers appearing in many poetic guises. From Prayer of Roses: “Colours and circles / dagger and chain / prayer of roses / relieve the pain” or from Flowers in the Kingdom: “I put flowers in the window / flowers on the wall / flowers in the kingdom / you're my one and all”. Perhaps appealing for some quiet introspective reflection.
CDs reviewed are available from Music Bizarre in Magellan Street, Lismore.