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Johanna Samuels
Double Bind
(self-released)
www.johannasamuels.com


Vocalist Johanna Samuels could be called the Joni Mitchell of today’s 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 Samuels’s skills as a songwriter as she reflects, “Tell me the way you want me to be / I’m pretty good at pretending I’m free / Show me the way you want me to feel / I’ll do my best and pretend it’s all real / The truth of us is never how it all seems / You said that’s why we make a good team…would it be all right if I stepped away / Parts that you wrote don’t 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 Samuels’s 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.

-Susan Frances

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