Tift Merritt is not going to blow up in the blog world (despite recent profiles by Chromewaves and To the Dogs or Whoever). She lacks the angst of a Kathleen Edwards, the road-weary, cigarrete and whiskey voice of a Lucinda Williams, or the sexual allure of a Cat Power. But her new record, Another Country, may well be the culmination and the grand achievement after years of singing, songwriting and performing live.
The songs I’ve heard have that intangible quality where they are not easily classifiable as alt-country, Americana or soul. On a song like “Morning Is My Destination” the organ, powerful guitar solos and Tift’s lovely voice make the song seem timeless (production credit once again goes to Jayhawks producer George Drakoulias).
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