Even with no less a heavyweight than Grammy winning producer David Z (Prince, Etta James, Fine Young Cannibals) at the helm, one can't help but feel that Shiver & Sigh, Grainger's sultry and defining sophomore disc, is all her call. A call we should all get used to answering to.
It takes about a minute-and-a-half into the slinky drive of Little Pack of Lies to hear that Grainger knows her way around the ever widening, ever muddied blues/rock swamp and is real ready, baby, to prove it. Sexy 'n old school literate, Aussie born, LA based Grainger has a slyly soulful vocal allure—think Joan Osborne and Gladys Knight—that insinuates itself into your daily activities and settles in for the long haul. If you're nuts enough to doubt me and the lady's volatile talent, try getting the title track, the r 'n' b soaked Lost In You, the evocative and airplay ready Holding Out For Love and her crystalline take on Robert Johnson's ageless C'mon In My Kitchen out of your head.
With her guitar in hand, comparisons to Bonnie Raitt are sadly inevitable, but Grainger avoids the latter day Raitt flash, deftly letting her instrument sting 'n ring when she wants it to, as is the case on Little Pack of Lies, the dark, Delta-stoked I'm Not Ready, Al Jackson Jr.'s Breaking Up Somebody's Home and the pole-dancing boo-jie wooo-jie No Way You Can Hurt Me Now.
If we were talkin' baseball, Kara Grainger would be on every scout's list as a four tool player: singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, and, from all reports, an onstage tempest. It's time to sign her contract and let the woman play.
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