Eilen Jewell: Gypsy (Vinyl LP)
Vinyl LP pressing. American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as, "one of America's most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices." The Boise, Idaho songwriter is one of a kind. That singular voice springs forth from a woman of more than one mind, and she taps into many of them on her new Signature Sounds release Gypsy. By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell's first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes, and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs. Jewell seamlessly blends heavy electric guitars and dirty fiddles on the rollicking country rocker "Crawl" with the sweet and understated horn section of the tender "Witness. "79 Cents (The Meow Song)" skewers sexism and discrimination with pointed humor over a circus bed of musical saw and horns. Longtime fans who love Eilen in classic country mode will delight in the pedal steel driven "These Blues" and the sole cover on Gypsy, "You Cared Enough To Lie," written by fellow Idahoan and country legend Pinto Bennett.