Becky Kapell got interested in becoming a musician when she started strumming her teenage son’s guitar. She was forty-two at the time and maybe this was the first time she strummed a guitar because it created the impetus she needed to start writing her own songs and release That Certain Ache.
It’s an impressive album. The songs are well written and I really loved her vocals which have a classic country feel to them. Her music is a mix of country, folk and Americana.
The album starts with “Capable Man” which is a southern sounding rock song. It’s got a little bit of attitude and Kapell sings about the archetype of the classic idea of what a man can be which was born out of the ’50s. It’s catchy and an easy song to appreciate.
Kapell started to grow on me more with “Say Goodbye” where the energy picks up with a rolling momentum. It’s sort of a classic country song. The music itself is warm, inviting and hopeful while Kapell sounds very at home with her vocals.
The title song “That Certain Ache” is perhaps the highlight. The song is a little melancholy and has a very old country feel to it. I loved it and the song gives plenty of room for her vocals which sound even better when it’s a slow burn.
That energy continues with the exceptional “Such a Fool” which is another slow burn. Things pick up nicely with “Got Burned” and submerge into water on the tender and heartfelt “Spend My Time.”
Kapell continues to flourish with “Little Bird,” and the Muscle Shoals sounding “Hungry Dog.” The album closes with the minimal “Just One Thing” which gets to the heart of a song with a tremolo infused guitar and the emotionally resonant vocals of Kapell.
The album made me a big fan of Kapell. It’s authentic music that comes from the soul. Recommended.
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