Album Review: Patchwork by Linda Draper

Album Name: Patchwork
Artist: Linda Draper
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Linda Draper has an interesting voice, and I mean that as a compliment. I haven’t heard such a distinct voice since I first heard Audra Kubat’s “Untitled For Now” which; upon first listen became one of my favorite CDs. Their voices are similar to each other yet so unique. They both have an “old-school folk” feel to them, however.

Linda’s voice is a bit swoopier; a style that usually doesn’t appeal to me but in her case is very lovely. Probably because she doesn’t overdue it. It’s clear and strong and a great fit for the music; which is simple guitar strumming well-composed melodies.

“Patchwork” is Linda’s 3rd release. The first was 2001’s, Ricochet and the second, “Snow White Trash Girl” was released in 2002.

Her lyrics are clever and touching, on Seven Black Crows” where she repeats:

“As my tears are dropping like flies”

“The Sleeping Giant” has an almost sing-along quality to it, not sure why I think that, but I do.

The title track, “Patchwork” has some vocal distortion on it, which sounds cool and is a little more upbeat than most of the other songs on this recording.

She ends with “It’s Not About Love” which is maybe my favorite song on the recording.

If you’re looking for old school pop/folk, check out Linda Draper.

Posted on April 16, 2003

Track Listing
1. Seven Black Crows
2. Colorblind
3. The Sleeping Giant
4. Here I Am
5. A Little Bit Goes
6. Patchwork
7. A Name To Remember
8. Merry Christmas
9. Flower Lady (Phil Ochs)
10. My Boomerang Baby
11. It’s Not All About Love

[Linda Draper Official Site]


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