11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Samantha Crain's roots are in rural Shawnee, Okla., where the young musician dreamed of the worlds that Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie and home-state heroes The Flaming Lips sang about. Now 26 and on her third album, Crain continues to grow her songwriting with a literary flair that turns a simple acoustic number like "Taught to Lie" into a transcendent tune about personal identity. A small band emerges for the stalking, minor-key lurch of "For the Miner" (think On the Beach–era Neil Young), where Crain captures a vibe that goes beyond the lyrics' simple but effective rhetorical questions. Most revealing is "Churchill," a confessional tune that leaves the lines "My whole life I thought I was an opportunist, but I'm not" in full view; it's an open wound that only time can heal. The therapeutic value of this exercise will attract those also in an existential crisis, provided they hear of this emerging artist. Crain continues to tour consistently; it's time to listen. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Samantha Crain's roots are in rural Shawnee, Okla., where the young musician dreamed of the worlds that Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie and home-state heroes The Flaming Lips sang about. Now 26 and on her third album, Crain continues to grow her songwriting with a literary flair that turns a simple acoustic number like "Taught to Lie" into a transcendent tune about personal identity. A small band emerges for the stalking, minor-key lurch of "For the Miner" (think On the Beach–era Neil Young), where Crain captures a vibe that goes beyond the lyrics' simple but effective rhetorical questions. Most revealing is "Churchill," a confessional tune that leaves the lines "My whole life I thought I was an opportunist, but I'm not" in full view; it's an open wound that only time can heal. The therapeutic value of this exercise will attract those also in an existential crisis, provided they hear of this emerging artist. Crain continues to tour consistently; it's time to listen. 

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

4679933846 ,

Fantastic.

Samantha Crain is true talent, an amazing musician, vocalist, and lyricist. Every song has a different feel. Get this album.

plantajanet ,

Kid Face

I've been waiting for something from Samantha Crain that I liked as well as Songs in the Night and this is it! Sounds like a great album from the samples.

More By Samantha Crain

You May Also Like