Album Review: Calling for Rain by Lori Cullen

Album Name: Calling for Rain
Artist: Lori Cullen
Year/Label: 2006 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Lori Cullen has released two solo records and a jazz record with the Ron Davis Trio. This new record sees her cover songs and add two originals.

Her jazzy style is very pleasing. “Alone Again Naturally” by Gilbert O’Sullivan is treated to a soft, forlorn version. Cullen’s voice and the use of a trumpet suit it perfectly.

Her own “Away so long” is a dreamy song that recalls Jane Siberry.

“Pussywillows Cat-tails” is sweet and understated. Cullen’s voice is lovely, she does the breathy innocent thing without being too cute. She has poise, like Rickie Lee Jones.

“Tied up in the Yard” is quietly suggestive.

The evergreen “Moon River” gets a wide-eyed reading.

Cullen pulls together a cohesive work from all this varied material. She’s worthy of your time.

Posted on February 3, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today
2. Alone Again Naturally
3. Me and My Arrow
4. Away So Long
5. Two Grey Rooms
6. Pussywillows Cat-Tails
7. Waltzing’s For Dreamers
8. You Fascinate Me So
9. Fall
10. Tied Up In The Yard
11. Moon River
12. Blue Skies

[Lori Cullen Official Site]

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