From the Blue House
It used to be that I adored folkie singer songwriters. Then they started coming in waves, one more pompous and dull than the next. I was beginning to lose faith. Then came Lauren Hoffman. I had listened to her stuff earlier, but her new record, From the Blue House , is a small treasure. Hoffman weaves witty, insightful lyrics around nice, if a bit too familiar melodies. She has certainly learned from those who have gone before — bits and pieces of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and even Melanie find their way into Lauren Hoffman’s songs. These are songs that resonate with truth while still being something you could play around your parents.