Lindi Ortega, Faded Gloryville - album review

Download: Ashes; Faded Gloryville; To Love Somebody; When You Ain’t Home

Andy Gill
Friday 21 August 2015 13:53 BST

For her latest album, country singer Lindi Ortega split sessions between Nashville and Muscle Shoals.

The result stretches her character in new and intriguing ways, effectively redefining Ortega as a cross between Loretta Lynn and Amy Winehouse, with her impassioned vibrato applied to unflinching emotional pleas and revelations. “Ashes” is just aching for release, a sultry but devastated Ortega begging “Don’t leave me in the ashes of your memory”.

Equally desolate is “Someday Soon”, with its barren realisation “I wonder if I moved on, would he notice that I’m gone?”; while the co-dependency anthem “Run-Down Neighborhood” is taken at a jaunty clip that owes as much to the Burritos and the Bakersfield sound as it does to Nashville.

Elsewhere, “When You Ain’t Home” features a Band-like blend of lolloping country gait with louche horns and tart guitar.

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