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Edie Brickell



Burned out by the third album with her New Bohemians, Edie Brickell semi-retired from music-making almost ten years ago, and this is her first album since. Long absence aside, Volcano, although calmer and warmer than her previous albums, isn’t going to surprise her old fans.

Volcano is a mature and patient album about growing up and settling down, finding comfort and peace in everyday life. Marked by Brickell’s hushed delivery and Charlie Sexton’s warm production, this is an inspired and heartfelt album, with songs that stroll slowly and carefully along.

There’s a strong sense of craftsmanship and plain melodic bliss to these 13 songs, defined by a sense of relaxation and comfort. And while there are several great single tracks on here, including “Oo La La,” “Songs We Used to Sing,” and “More than Friends,” Brickell seems totally unconcerned about following up her one and only Top Ten hit “What I Am.” Instead, she is quite at ease singing to the already converted.

As uncompromising as ever, Volcano is the sound of an artist at peace with herself, wishing to share that sense of comfort with her listeners. This is Brickell demonstrating that, while the days of Top Ten hits and multi-million sales may be behind her, she could still have some of her best work ahead of her.

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