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May Erlewine - Mother Lion (Earth Work)
It's taken a while to get around to this one and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's the sparse cover artwork - just the name of the artist and the title on a white ground - I'm not sure, but I do know that once I had it on the player, I was moved to keep listening. Never judge a book by the cover they say. It's the voice that draws you in first and foremost, matched by the quality of the songs. May Erlewine has the ability to keep us listening, certainly on songs as soulful as Shake the World and as pretty as Paint the Town.
Seen recently as one third of The Sweet Water Warblers, along with Lindsay Lou and Rachael Davis, May treats us here to fourteen songs of astonishing beauty, certainly on such as the delicate Mountain Top and the album closer, Grateful, a gospel anthem if ever there was one. This album confirms that May is not only a key player on the local Michigan scene, but also should be considered a contender on the world circuit. That good.