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5.0 out of 5 stars Not such a new voice really, 23 July 2013
This review is from: Pushin' Against a Stone (Audio CD)
There was a time when plenty of country singers had twangy nasal voices, but those voices limited their appeal. It didn't stop Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and others having plenty of success, and it didn't appear to be stopping Dolly Parton, but she worked hard to change her voice as anybody who has listened to her music from different periods of her career would have noticed. So we come to Valerie June, who doesn't quite sound like any of her predecessors, although I detect echoes of Iris DeMent and Kitty Wells here and there.

Valerie wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs, which also appears to be original. On two tracks (Shotgun, Twisted and twined) she sings and plays guitar without any other musicians. A third track (Trials, troubles, tribulations) finds Valerie just singing to a musician playing guitar and providing male backing vocals.

Elsewhere, more instruments are used but not many on any given track. There is a trumpet player on the opening track (Workin' woman blues). Valerie plays ukulele while singing on two other tracks (On my way, Somebody to love).

This is a great album if you like country music sung by a woman with a twangy nasal voice. It won't be to everybody's liking, but it is to mine.
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