Vocalist Johanna Samuels could be called the Joni Mitchell
of todays generation of folk-pop innovators. Her debut album
Double Bind combines aspects of folk, swing jazz, country-western,
and acoustic-pop, displaying an artistry synonymous with Ingrid
Michaelson and the reflective musings of The Decemberists.
The twangy overtones encircling Real Tragedies have a
porch folk lather while Please Say Some Good shows a smooth
swing sheen. From Above You exhibits a classic pop frosting
reminiscent of Carole King, and the heavy bass beats supporting
This Place are accented in country-tinged acoustics.
The catchy verses of the title track demonstrate Samuelss skills
as a songwriter as she reflects, Tell me the way you want me
to be / Im pretty good at pretending Im free / Show me
the way you want me to feel / Ill do my best and pretend its
all real / The truth of us is never how it all seems / You said thats
why we make a good team
would it be all right if I stepped away
/ Parts that you wrote dont work anyway. Like Carole King,
Samuels dissects personal relationships in her lyrics, a recurring
theme throughout the album. There is a Matt Costa quality in
her melodic timing shown in Give It Up and Chanson.
She moves from the folksy textures of these two tracks to a country-western
shading in Your Door weaving Americana-imbued features
into the recording.
Double Bind demonstrates Johanna Samuelss acumen as
a folk-pop artist. Her natural lyricism will remind audiences of Joni
Mitchell and Carole King complemented by a melodic timing that has
the signature of modern folk-pop aesthetics.
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