JEN­NIFER CAS­TLE

An­gels Of Death 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - ShArON O’CON­NELL

Cana­dian song­writer’s fine-boned, ef­fort­less third

De­spite its gloomily fore­bod­ing ti­tle, Cas­tle’s new coun­trysoul/folk set is light, lean and pos­sesses a dul­cet lu­mi­nos­ity. It also sees her con­sid­er­ing writ­ing and the Muses, the lat­ter a tar­get of her sly wit on the Par­ton-ish “Rose Wa­ter­falls”. With an em­pa­thetic band fea­tur­ing strings, keys and pedal steel, Cas­tle al­ter­nately pulls the songs into fo­cus with her clear, hon­eyed voice and lets it drift free in­side them. On “Tonight The Evening”, a trippy or­ches­tra­tion swells slowly around her multi-tracked vo­cal, which falls away to a ghostly ex­ha­la­tion at the end, but the ter­rific “Texas” could hardly be more dif­fer­ent – a lone­some mix of ’70s West Coast folk and ’60s girl-group pop.

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