11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late Texas bluesman Chris Whitley, sings with a soulful conviction that rarely comes from a musician only 25 years old. "Breathe You in My Dreams"—the album's first single and a track that appeared in a skeletal version on her excellent Live at Rockwood Music Hall EP—takes off into the atmosphere, fighting sorrow's gravity the entire way. Whitley sang for producer Daniel Lanois' supergroup Black Dub while also releasing EPs that were dry runs for this fully charged, daring, emotionally wrought debut album. "Irene" deals in tortured tonalities and abrasive percussion, taking the music to frighteningly openhearted places. "Never Enough" reigns in just enough to catch the voodoo-blues of her family name. There's an internal logic to these songs. Words chase melodies that fly as free as hawks swooning to their prey. "Silent Rebel, Pt. 2" captures the sound of the desert. "Morelia" nails lonesome with its stark stand-up bass and piano and voice–based verses. "Hotel No Name" centers on a howl of guitars and feedback worthy of Neil Young and Crazy Horse. A chilling accomplishment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late Texas bluesman Chris Whitley, sings with a soulful conviction that rarely comes from a musician only 25 years old. "Breathe You in My Dreams"—the album's first single and a track that appeared in a skeletal version on her excellent Live at Rockwood Music Hall EP—takes off into the atmosphere, fighting sorrow's gravity the entire way. Whitley sang for producer Daniel Lanois' supergroup Black Dub while also releasing EPs that were dry runs for this fully charged, daring, emotionally wrought debut album. "Irene" deals in tortured tonalities and abrasive percussion, taking the music to frighteningly openhearted places. "Never Enough" reigns in just enough to catch the voodoo-blues of her family name. There's an internal logic to these songs. Words chase melodies that fly as free as hawks swooning to their prey. "Silent Rebel, Pt. 2" captures the sound of the desert. "Morelia" nails lonesome with its stark stand-up bass and piano and voice–based verses. "Hotel No Name" centers on a howl of guitars and feedback worthy of Neil Young and Crazy Horse. A chilling accomplishment.

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