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Ilsabe O'Connell
Little Lost Cause
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www.littlelostcause.com


Ilsabe O'Connell has a fetchingly beautiful voice; it's timbre is crystal clear with just a hint of accent and whiskey that makes it draw the ear like a warm blanket on a very cold day. And today is a cold day. Little Lost Cause is a collection of acoustic guitar driven songs that remind me of the better moments of Lori Carson's career. O'Connell's songs are heartfelt and emotional, full of the bittersweet beauty that so much of today's new alt-folk lacks. "Nothing I Don't Like" is an exercise in songwriting perfection, drawing lines like: "The love that you make/ is a little insincere/ it's a postcard that says/ 'Wish you were here'". Her voice attains the dirty angelic quality of Lucinda Williams at many times on the album, but never more prominently than when she coolly sings those twisted love/hate lyrics. There are a few upbeat numbers hidden among the brilliant dirges of the record, like the quirky "The Dollar Store", with its musical compliment of shuffling drums and hilarious lyrics. Pay careful attention to the Dolly Parton-esque inflections and old school Waylon Jennings guitar solo. The album hits its stride on "Tonight On The Carnival Midway"; a track diced with moody lyricism and wonderfully melodic vocal lines that create a complete picture aided by delicate acoustic guitars, provided by the skilled hands of Eric Lugosch.

This is the first I've heard from Ilsabe O'Connell, but I hope that this will not be the last. I can always use the kind of music that speaks so directly to my heart, not only in lyric, but in tone and feeling. This is a bright talent that will hopefully continue to mature and grow her amazing songwriting to even more heights of glory.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. All That's Left
2. Nothing I Don't Like
3. The Dollar Store
4. Tonight On The Carnival Midway
5. Blow Me Away
6. Cottonwood
7. Pity Party
8. Gone
9. Old Konstanz
10. Some Truth To The Ad
11. Over Your Head
Little Lost Cause


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