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Nicki Bluhm - To Rise You Gotta Fall

Star rating: 
4

Recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording studio, the former Gramblers' frontperson delivers an impressive debut solo album here, which delicately touches upon her personal circumstances, having gone through a divorce and the departure from her former band. Highly personal, the songs are both well-written and well performed, with an almost sultry vocal delivery throughout. Look no further than Bluhm's reading of Dan Penn's I Hate You for a sense of the bluesy passion and pent-up country fire this singer is more than capable of. (AW)