Album Review: Lizz Wright – Grace

Lizz Wright

Grace

(Concord Records)

 

    Each of the songs on this album is composed by a different songwriter, ranging from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Bob Dylan and k.d. lang. But all of them have the common theme of the American South.

    Georgian native Lizz Wright is the perfect vocalist for this project, a collaboration with Americana producer Joe Henry.

    Singing In My Soul is given the full Tharpe guitar treatment whilst Allen Toussaint’s Southern Nights features church organ and Seems I’m Never Tired of Loving You features a full-sounding gospel choir. All of this contrasts with a delicate guitars and voice only rendition of Stars Fell on Alabama, making for an eclectic mix which all ties together due to Wright’s vocal strength and soulfulness.

 

Charlie Anderson