Album Review: The Valley of Baca by Suzanne de Bussac

Album Name: The Valley of Baca
Artist: Suzanne de Bussac
Year/Label: 2001 / Tranzister

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Suzanne de Bussac makes her debut with this accessible but complex record. She includes latin and reggae sounds into her music which makes for a spicy blend. This is a radio-friendly but eccentric album that makes de Bussac’s talent as a songwriter evident.

The title track’s majestic sweep is helped by guest vocalist Kevin Quain’s raspy voice. The powerpop of “Ruby Avenue” is a nice change of pace from the mellow mood of the other songs. The heartfelt “Marry Me” is a lovely song and is welcome diversion from all the songs of lost love that dominate most albums.

Suzanne de Bussac is a very evocative singer and her album will hopefully be followed by many more like it.

Posted on June 27, 2001

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Under The Spell Of The Moon
2. Are You Listening
3. The Valley of Baca
4. A Higher Place
5. Baby Wants To Be Somebody New
6. Ruby Avenue
7. Faded
8. Dirty Heart
9. Marry Me
10. Look Alive
11. Enchanted Memory

Comments: Rating: 5 Stars
I’ve seen Suzanne play a number of times live and always impressed with her performance.
After listening to her CD, I was in awe.
Great music, great lyrics, great instrumentalists and I suggest everyone have a listen to it.
~Glen Guerin

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