Thursday, February 28, 2008

Soul Fixin'

The Wright Stuff

I hate to admit it but I hadn't heard of Lizz Wright until Monday. I am quite impressed with her third album The Orchard. The Georgia native has a distinctive voice that reminds me of gospel great Mahalia Jackson and soul legend Mavis Staples. The album has a down home organic feel, the music is inviting and intimate. Wright lends her smokey contralto to the Ike & Tina Turner classic "I Idolize You", Led Zeppelin's " Thank You", Patsy Cline's "Strange" and Sweet Honey In The Rock's " Hey Mann." Original compositions include the gospel and folk infused "Coming Home", "My Heart", "Another Angel" and "When I Fall." Lizz Wright's debut album Salt was released in 2002. Her sophomore album, Dreaming Wide Awake was released in 2005.

2 comments:

Vivrant Thang said...

I just updated the header graphic on my blog to include this album cover. I'm hoping it sends so kind of smoke signal out to him to get his ish together and get back to the music. I MISS him. He sounded good on So Far To Go.

Classic album. I still love EVERY single track.

Vivrant Thang said...

Oops. Didn't realize this was all one post.

It's not your fault you hadn't heard of Liz. It's criminal. I heard this could be her best release yet. I am about to get my hands on a copy and she'll be here performing in a few weeks. Can't wait.

I see Jill next Friday. I'm beside myself with excitement.