Josephine Foster CD review [Locust]

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Josephine Foster CD review [Locust]
Apr 11, 2006, 22:36

JOSEPHINE FOSTER A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing CD

I'm trying here. I know that I am supposed to like this, and I do—sort of. Until the vocals come in at which point Josephine loses me, which kind of defeats the purpose of an artist whose main instrument is her voice. Admittedly I am not familiar with any of her earlier work, however on A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, I cannot give this my seal of approval. Initially the music made me think of a background shot from an old Samuel Fuller movie where an old, world-weary Mexican is playing a decrepit nylon string guitar. The air is dry and something is just not right—you can feel it. It could just as easily be a shot from Paris, Texas—same vibe. The songs are apparently renditions of 19th century German ballads, sparse and slow. The songs were written by the likes of Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert, but it's still not clicking for me. There is a subterranean quality that reminds me of Lisa Germano only with more of an indie DIY naïveté. I'm sure this is a feast for fans of her earlier work, but I for one feel that the vocals are just too operatic and melodramatic. Maybe that's the point. [Locust Music]

~Daniel House

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