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AMY CORREIA

YOU GO YOUR WAY

2010-09-21

Amy Correia first came to my attention several years ago with her sly, sexy mash up of Rod Stewart’s "Gasoline Alley" and the Rolling Stone’s Bobby Womack penned classic "It’s All over Now" on the I-10 Chronicles compilation. Her version combined the swagger of the originals with a tinge of vulnerability that made it more than just another cover. While the song raised my expectations that she’d soon join the likes of Lucinda Williams or Kasey Chambers as the hot new alt-folk rocker, the twists and turns of the industry left her on the side of the road. That all should change with this release. With a voice that combines the rock and pop power of Sheryl Crow with the quirky, jazzy squeaks of Rickie Lee Jones and the earnest protest era folk of Michelle Shocked, she stands out from the typical singer songwriter and over the last several years has developed a devoted fan base that helped finance the release of this, her third disc. Melodic, witty and insightful it is clear the fan’s money was well spent. With 11 top notch cuts touching everything from shiny pop about being a woman on the prowl, "Powder Blue Trans Am", to jazzy, horn fueled angst about trying to recapture love too casually thrown away, "Carolina Rail", to bluesy gospel, "O Lord", to anti-war protest folk, "Took Him Away", to a sharply drawn portrait of darkness behind a bright facade, "City Girl", and a cool rocker about a relationship that must end but won’t, "You Go Your Way", which features the great line “You Go Your Way and I’ll go mine/Let’s never talk about this one more time” this disc is a joy from beginning to end. Smitty

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