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I don't often call music inspiring, but make an exception for this wonderful performer
on 12 April 2012
Sara thrashed out a very witty old 'country woman celebrates her lot by bemoaning it' number called 'One's on the way' on an album of songs and soundbites celebrating Desperate Housewives' first season. As a DH fan, I bought this as soon as I saw it for ~£4 on this very site.
I loved the song - and Sara's enthusiastic performance - so much I listened and looked on Youtube and bought this compilation. It has some achy-breaky torchy ballads, but Sara's singing saves them from what they might have sunk to, but some top class songs too. I'm getting into Americana and this is a fantastic early purchase; especially the uptempo celebration of youthful freedom (to fail and then to win) 'Learning To Fly' and 'Suds in the Bucket', another very funny story of a girl being swept off her feet and her parents' attitude to her sudden life reorientation.
Quite a few of the songs probably aren't standouts in themselves but Sara's vocal expression elevates them to something more. Several use traditional country religious themes, but in an everyday rather than evangelistic manner which doesn't grate (to my secular humanist ears!).
This album shows that Sara both writes and chooses songs well, then weaves a magic with her wonderfully expressive voice. It's great company and makes me want to hear more of her singing, especially in Britain, where more witty and gritty American women singers don't often get the appreciation they deserve. I won't talk about why Britain hasn't embraced singers like her, but it's certainly not her appearance: the pics on this package are all absolutely gorgeous.