Sweet Heart Rodeo - Dawn Landes
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  • Summary: This is the third full-length album for the Brooklyn-based Kentucky-born singer-songwriter.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. This is a delightful record, plain and simple.
  2. 80
    This follow-up feels less homemade, but just as delicately adventurous. [Oct 2009, p.108]
  3. Clocking in at less than 33 minutes to ensure your left gagging for more, Sweet Heart Rodeo is a near faultless blend of Landes’ country roots and the urban savvy of her Brooklyn base.
  4. Sweet Heart is beguiling, warm and wise, but it begs for a good kick in the ribs.
  5. Her sweet vocals and country-ish musical tilt recall Cat Power, but with a fresh and affirming, rather than jaded, worldview. [Oct 2009, p.112]
  6. She makes us hold tight for the entire time, shaking and bucking the whole way, but never gives us a chance to let go. For such a short set, Sweet Heart Rodeo catches the listener off guard an awful lot.
  7. And though her voice is strong enough to carry the tracks, most of the time it’s needlessly strained. Memorable as these songs may be, they could use a good kick of grit to truly set them in motion.

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