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This is the third full-length album for the Brooklyn-based Kentucky-born singer-songwriter.
out of 9
This follow-up feels less homemade, but just as delicately adventurous. [Oct 2009, p.108]
This is a delightful record, plain and simple.
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.
Sweet Heart is beguiling, warm and wise, but it begs for a good kick in the ribs.
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.
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]
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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