Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

Album review
Kathleen Grace: No Place to Fall

Kathleen Grace

No Place To Fall

Label: Monsoon Records
Media: CD
Genre: Rock/pop
Ratings:
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Shortly after Kathleen Grace established herself as a jazz vocalist, country music started to lure her away, and on her fourth album, No Place to Fall, this stylistic turn fits her so well that there isn’t a weak cut on the album. The record kicks off with a powerful reading of the title track, a Townes Van Zandt composition that’s a fine vehicle for Grace’s soft, pure voice as well as some sweet steel guitar by Greg Leisz. In spite of stiff competition the three compositions that follow stand up well against the elite cadre of songwriters she draws from elsewhere, Tom Waits and the Meatpuppets among them. Further into the record she stretches the canvas a bit, blending jazz and country on Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” and the Oscar Levant and Edward Heyman chestnut, “Blame It on My Youth.” Both performances put such a fresh spin on these old favorites that you’ll end up loving them even more. Sonically, too, No Place to Fall is a treat. Recorded at Carriage House Studios and engineered by Todd Burke and Sheldon Gomberg, this intimate live-in-the-studio recording sounds as natural as Kathleen’s voice.

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Contributors:
  • primary artist, Kathleen Grace

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