Lucy Wainwright Roche's album Lucy delivers sweet poetry

Lucy Wainwright Roche¿s album Lucy delivers sweet poetry

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Lucy Wainwright Roche
Lucy Wainwright Roche


The Wainwrights are the first family of North American singer-songwriters, an extended grouping that includes patriarch Loudon Wainwright III, sister Sloan, late ex-wife Kate McGarrigle, children Rufus and Martha, and daughter Lucy (Loudon's daughter with the singer Suzzy Roche). A family jam session - they are quite supportive of one another and record on each other's albums - is an event to behold live. Among the guests on this album are the Indigo Girls, who have claimed Roche sisters Suzzy, Terre and Maggie as influences.
As in many close families, it's easy to see resemblances. On Wainwright Roche's debut full-length disc, the similarities are in tone and story. The lyrics find us in North Carolina, California, London and New York, mile markers of a life spent touring with her parents. As such, the songs are of loves found and lost and some caught in that spot in between. A teacher by training, she's a natural poet, with subtle internal rhymes and external ones that don't need licence. Wainwright Roche's voice is sweeter than her mother's, fitting for the open, innocent feeling of her songs. Among standout tunes are Open Season (about a boardwalk-summer love affair); October (with a satisfying chorus that begins "we're happy as we're ever gonna be"); Mercury News, and a version of Simon and Garfunkel's America.

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