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A winner. Sing Out - SPL Summer 2003 This is, amazingly, the debut album for the very talented, very seasoned Soozie Tyrell, currently on tour and on record with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Amazing, because she has been making music for more than 25 years. Her credits include work with Carole King, Sheryl Crow and David Johansen.
A collection of all originals, White Lines not only showcases Tyrell's pensive lyrics and creative melodies, but also allows her powerful voice to step out in front along side her expressive violin playing. The CD runs the gamut from Folk Rock ballads to a hint of country.
While she calls upon a host of stellar musicians as backup, make no mistake that Tyrell carries this recording throughout on her own merits and abilities. Among those providing support are multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell and Bassist Tony Garnier from Bob Dylan's band, drummer Richard Crooks, Patti Scialfa, and Springsteen.
The title cut traces Tyrell's musical journey from the 1960's onward, criss-crossing the States with family and band mates. "Wild Ones" paints a vivid picture of a decidedly single lifestyle revolving around casual lovers. She executes her vocal inflections perfectly to suit the mood or theme of her songs and matches it with her fiddle. Listen to "Little Girl" and the depth she puts into the unspoken dark subject.
"Out On Bleecker Street" takes Tyrell back to her New York City street gigging days. "Ste. Genevieve" captures the tragic story of the flooded Mississippi River town.
A winner. What took you so long Soozie? SPL