Trav­el­ling Alone YepRoc

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JOE BREEN

It’s fair to say that Tift Mer­ritt is an un­der­achiever. Hav­ing promised much with her coun­try soul de­but ( Bram­ble Rose) a decade ago, she strug­gled to make it through to the next level. Fast for­ward to 2011, and the 37-year-old from North Carolina found her­self with­out a man­ager or la­bel. Time for a re­think. She called in favours and as­sem­bled a top-notch band, in­clud­ing gui­tarist Marc Ri­bot and Calex­ico’s John Con­vertino, and, armed with a bunch of res­o­nant, re­flec­tive songs, recorded this strong set. Sweet Spot, Drifted Apart, Spring and the ti­tle track cap­ture both Mer­ritt’s abil­i­ties as a sub­stan­tial singer and her hon­est and af­fect­ing eval­u­a­tion of her sit­u­a­tion. Yet as spir­ited as she can be on the likes of To My­self, there is a weari­ness and cau­tion abroad. tift­mer­ritt.com

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