It's not often one hears a bit of Buffy Saint-Marie in any other singer, but Aly Tadros has that quality in her voice and compositions, though that attribute is a good deal more modernized…for which a quite decent chunk of credit goes to Justin Craig and his keyboards. Tadros and Craig also both play beautiful swirling guitars flowing around her singing while Robby Cosenza nails down the rhythm section in percussives pitched to straddle the line between gentility and emphasis.
Things Worth Keeping is solid folk drawn from the 60s, then brought up into the moment with small clever embellishments and a bit of sway and swing in cuts like Paper Mache. Tadros wields a voice that travels from lamentive to seductive and back again, often inflected at first with a touch of the various passions but never taken by them, remaining collected while focused and smoky. However, about halfway trough the disc, that changes and she rises up into a much more fiery stance, music following in kind, growing as restless and emphatic as her vocals.
I was frequently reminded of the more soulful side of Janis Ian, Dusty Springfield, and so on mixed with shades of the best pro backing vocalists: Lesley Duncan, Kiki Dee, and the like…though those ladies would never use the language Tadros employs in But a Memory—so, yes indeed, once again: a good deal more modern than her inspirations and sisters of yesteryear. Duane Lundy, the 'additional noise' maker, recorded the entire affair and did a fine job, placing the totality of the release in a dusky light, well defined but romantically shaded, matching the longing in Tadros' timbre. A good deal of thought went into Things Worth Keeping from all concerned, making it a very impressive debut release.
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Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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