The music on Vicky Emerson's latest release Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down drips with folk, traditional country and even a bit of blues and pop. Her music is rich with instrumentation such as lap steel, fiddle, guitar, keys, bass and drums. That being said the instrumentation supports her very attractive, warm country style singing, which is undeniably attractive.
Things get going with a song that will make you get out of your chair entitled “Under My Skin.” This highly danceable and feel-good song feels pure and harks back to country from the ‘50s and the ‘60s and sounds great with contemporary refined production. There really isn’t much not to like about this infectious opener.
Emerson slows things down with “Rattle Shake” which sounds good in a different way. When the fiddle combines with her voice it can give you shivers and maybe that's what she intended given the name of the song.
The traditional/bluegrass shindig “Long Gone” is another song you could swing your partner to. I swear I heard some accordion in there and the spaghetti western guitar was a nice addition to some of the transitions. On the end of the spectrum you have “Silhouette” which contains beautiful guitar picking and I would say has a bit of New Age vibe. The juxtaposition from “Long Gone” was almost too much.
Emerson continues to impress with country-tinged songs such as “Save All My Cryin’ (For Sunday Afternoons) and “Runaway Train” which solidify her talent.
Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down is an album that is very easy to enjoy from beginning to end. The songs are well written and diverse which make it a pleasure to experience.
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