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This Too Shall Light YEP ROC 7/10 levon’s off­spring gets the Joe henry treat­ment

Since helm­ing Solomon Burke’s Don’t Give Up On Me in 2002, writer/artist Joe Henry has re­made him­self as a singer’s pro­ducer, thought­fully sug­gest­ing ma­te­rial and plac­ing his sub­jects in im­pec­ca­ble au­ral en­vi­ron­ments crafted by his team of song-serv­ing play­ers. The taut-grooved ti­tle cut of Amy Helm’s LP, co-writ­ten by Hiss Golden Mes­sen­ger’s MC Tay­lor, es­tab­lishes the pre­vail­ing mode of choir-sung gospel, which blos­soms on Henry’s Tum­ble­weed Con­nec­tionevok­ing “Odetta”. But else­where Helm seems con­strained within the im­mac­u­late set­tings, only in­ti­mat­ing the emo­tional lift-off the ma­te­rial yearns for. She makes a deeper con­nec­tion with the newly penned “Heaven’s Hold­ing Me”, de­liv­er­ing the LP’s most heart­felt, up­lift­ing per­for­mance.

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