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Dar Williams
Promised Land
Razor And Tie Records
www.darwilliams.com


Though most folks will argue that nothing stays the same, it is a relief when some things remain as is, like singer-songwriter Dar Williams, whose music is still keeled by a folksy carriage and swells of country-pop chirping. Her latest album Promised Land has songs framed in familiar lacey ballerina twirls, wispy guitar strums, feathery atmospherics, and homey coffeehouse-glinted acoustics bridled by a comfy canter and daydreamy ethers. Her rootsy folk straps and blousy rhythmic beats move delicately showing a kindred attachment to Emmylou Harris' finer sensibilities and Barton Carroll's earthy acoustic smoke-rings. Produced, engineered and mixed by Brad Wood, Promised Land has the beauty of prairie-land country haloed by rootsy folk. It's the kind of album that pulls the listener by the collar and swaddles him/her in balmy vistas and disarming vocals.

The country-folk glint scathing the coasting riffs of "Troubled Times" are laminated to a creamy smoothness while shipping a relaxing sway. The upbeat swells strewn along "It's Alright" are twined in catchy handclapping beats and perky guitar strokes steeled by a base of sturdy organ tiles. The malleable surf and mellow pitch of "You Are Everyone" has an undertow of soft percolating bass drums, which contrast the thicket of bubbly acoustics embedded along "Go To The Woods." The wispy melodic dewdrops of "Holly Tree" are delicately threaded as overtones of accordion keys dangle over top, and the plush folksy embers from the hearth of "Midnight Radio" project a comfy wintery scene. The spires of heavy ominous guitars chords and light-dotting piano keys draped across "Book Of Love" stick to the lyrics foreshadowing of their message and telling, "Love becomes a temple / And we begin to fear that an unfeeling oracle will say, 'You did come near, but you are not welcome here.'"

Straddling the line between sparse acoustics and sleek coffeehouse-folk arrangements, Dar Williams has given Promised Land a shot of ethereal vibrancy with an earthy presence. Williams began as a significant force in New England folk, and has achieved the widespread appeal of the Dave Matthews Band. It's hard to imagine that Williams can be catapulted even further than she already has been, but Promised Land certainly is a nice addition to her repertoire. The album has significance in the evolution of folk music, facilitating its transition to adapt to current times.

-Susan Frances

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