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Mary Lorson & Saint Low
Cooking Vinyl

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

Track List:
1. Wait for the Sun
2. Realistic
3. Spider
4. Born Knowing
5. Dangerous
6. Walking Man
7. Lonely Boy
8. Out of your Mind
9. These Days
10. Ties that Bind
11. Serenade
12. Brand New Spring

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