When I first heard Amy Black almost three years back, I was immediately enamoured with her voice and style. My review of her album One Time can be found by following this link. This evening, I am championing her new and even more satisfying release, This Is Home. Dang, it is a good one- with a soft lilt, directness that is refreshing, and deeply moving and also moving instrumentation, Black has created another terrific release.
Although Boston-based, Black has Muscle Shoals on her mind and in her soul, and I don’t mean that figuratively; she tells a story of her Muscle Shoals-born Grandfather’s influence, and she recently released a four-track e.p. entitled The Muscle Shoals Session. There is a steamy, languid quality to Black’s music, a natural quality that permeates from her very character, and which she wisely chooses to highlight throughout her new album.
On these songs, it is all about emotion, evoking a sense of place and time, and making a connection through Black to the listener’s emotionally connected times and places.
Rather than have me stumble about trying to find the right description- and fail- how about you just click on over to YouTube and give “Nobody Knows You” a watch and listen. Then, try out “I’m Home,” a song that is ‘almost’ just as good (and extra points if you notice a certain Jackson Highway address.) Listen to the guitar work, from Will Kimbrough I believe, and try not to think to hard about Kate Campbell, Oxford American, and how you wish you were sitting under an elderly aunt’s magnolia right about now.
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