For some reason my memory of Dori Freeman's first album was a collection of gentle beautifully executed folk songs, showcasing Freeman's unparalleled voice. After listening to Letters Never Read, I went back to get a better understanding of just how much Freeman had grown in a year. I was surprised to hear that Freeman had a full band back then, too. It's not that they weren't interesting, it's just that Freeman herself stood out so much. This time around, though, the band feels much more integrated into the songs.
What floored me, though, was "Cold Waves," an intimate exploration of depression that is succeeded by "En & Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' Dog," a causal romp through Appalachia at night. To me at feels that Freeman is clearly stating her intention to add to the canon, and will do so by exploring head-on topics that are not necessarily explicitly spoken of.
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