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My Wild West

Cook­ing Vinyl ★★★★

The third al­bum by Elis­a­beth Mau­rus doc­u­ments the folk-rocker’s re­turn to her na­tive ‘Wild West’ (aka the mid­west) af­ter a spell liv­ing in Cal­i­for­nia. A sense of re­gret per­me­ates the parts of this al­bum, with smoky pi­ano bal­lad Hol­ly­wood de­tail­ing the city’s abil­ity to ‘break your heart’ and Shroud see­ing her dwell on in­ner tur­moil. It’s not all doom and gloom, how­ever. Th­ese are fan­tas­ti­cally evoca­tive songs, but more im­por­tantly they’re ir­re­sistibly melodic. Don’t You Give Up on Me and Daugh­ters ping and thrum with a

Fleet­wood Mac-like glow, Hero quiv­ers with a Nancy Si­na­tra-style sul­tri­ness, while

the wist­ful Sun Keeps Risin’ and

Stay dab­ble in laid­back alt-coun­try. If noth­ing else, th­ese au­then­tic, en­joy­able songs sum up ex­actly why Lissie should be a star.

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