Light 8/10

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el­e­gance and grace with emo­tional heft on cham­ber-folkie’s de­but

Juliana Daugh­erty may be em­bed­ded in the folk scene of her Char­lottesville, VA, home, but her solo ex­pres­sion is uni­ver­sally res­o­nant and clas­si­cally in­clined. Not in the most lit­eral sense – although both par­ents are sym­phony mu­si­cians and her con­ser­va­tory train­ing shows – but in the lean­limbed ar­range­ments and ex­quis­ite, re­strained beauty of her songs, which re­call Julie Byrne, The Weather Sta­tion and Joni Mitchell (whose airy lilt her voice shares). Light ad­dresses deep de­pres­sion and re­la­tion­ship strug­gles with an hon­esty and elo­quence that avoids bleak­ness, while the con­trast be­tween the darkly ur­gent “Player” and mel­low-yel­low “Cal­i­for­nia” shows that Daugh­erty’s far from a one-note writer.

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