Vanessa Peters

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

★★★★ Fox­hole Prayers IDOL. CD/DL/LP Twelfth al­bum from Dal­las in­die-folk singer.

In­tend­ing to be a nov­el­ist, Vanessa Peters got sideswiped when gui­tars felt as good as pens, and now her pound­ing, melodic tracks have the in­ten­sity of short sto­ries: la­conic, gut-punch­ing. This out­ing rails against Trump and pop­ulism, but it’s also about fight­ing in­ter­nal anx­i­ety and re­sent­ment. As a mel­low vo­cal­ist mix­ing Natalie Mer­chant, Aimee Mann, even Lu­cinda Wil­liams, Peters swings into Get Started full of hope about mak­ing your own luck if you’re de­ter­mined enough; rau­cous, gui­tar-borne stormer Lucky fol­lows through, so hooky you could play it for­ever. Fight, though, ad­mits fear of ca­reer fail­ure (“The rab­bit I’ve been chas­ing/ Is fur­ther away, and I’m tired…”), and the grim, straferid­den ti­tle track sees the lot of us in a metaphor­i­cal trench. Car­ni­val Barker, star­ring Trump as a cheap carny grifter, would be funny if it didn’t sting. Bol­shy, blaz­ing let­ters from the new front line. Glyn Brown

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