Realistic, the fourth album by former Madder Rose frontwoman
Mary Lorson and her band Saint Low, is a musical journey
into the '60s and '70s, consisting mostly of sweeping, romantic anthems
reminiscent of Carole King's early solo releases. To be certain,
there is musical variety on Realistic. Lorson and Saint Low
manage to capture older pop and soul influences while simultaneously
incorporating later country and alternative rock influences into the
songs on Realistic, with stunning results. The opening track,
"Waiting For The Sun," possesses qualities of jazz, R&B,
and pop music in equal measure, while "Spider" has the feel
of a contemporary adult alternative song. Songs like "Born Knowing,"
"Walking Man," and "Ties That Bind" find Lorson
and company adding pedal steel to the mix, making these songs seem
at once pop and country, while The Byrds and Emmylou Harris
obviously influenced the jaunty country-rock of "These Days."
Elsewhere, "Out of Your Mind" finds Lorson and her backing
vocalists affecting the harmonies and spirit of the '60s girl groups
that King composed for. Throughout, Lorson's vocals take center stage
- a light, lilting soprano that is engaging and ethereal - while her
lyrics elucidate universal truths about love and life. Realistic
is a sprightly, spirited album of chamber pop that feels fresh and
new, yet strangely comforting and familiar.
-Tracy M. Rogers
1. Wait for the Sun
4. Born Knowing
6. Walking Man
7. Lonely Boy
8. Out of your Mind
9. These Days
10. Ties that Bind
12. Brand New Spring
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