Album Review: Wax the Roses by Elly Brown

Album Name: Wax the Roses
Artist: Elly Brown
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

In the early nineties Elly Brown fronted a group called Grace Pool. I don’t know what she’s done since, but here’s her solo debut. The style might be called Americana.

“Breakdown Lane” is lovely and simple with great singing. “Watch Your Back” paints apocalyptic visions across a bubbly backing.

“There’s no more innocence
And now the dead can dance
Who left the tracks in the mud
Who killed the poisoned dove”

she sings.

The sensuous “Earth Language” sees Brown singing poetic lyrics to a fluid melody.

“Prairie Hymn” features Eileen Ivers on violin and is a stark, stripped-down song.

“Wax the Roses” is a lovely record.

Posted on August 10, 2005

Track Listing
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1. Breakdown Lane
2. Watch Your Back
3. Slow Down the River
4. Earth Language
5. Sister’s Serpent Rum
6. C’est La
7. Wax the Roses
8. Prairie Hymn
9. Pilgrim Winter
10. Dreams of Small Home

[Elly Brown Official Site]


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