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Mary Bragg (from the album Mary Bragg available on Mary Bragg/Tone Tree Music) (by Bryant Liggett)
With a soft delivery and light vocal touch, Mary Bragg delivers a singer/songwriter record that sits outside some of the expected genre norms. Although this is a Folk Pop album, Folk Music is not the album goals. Mary Bragg is more than a musician with a guitar. Airy, light, and ambient, her self-titled release has solid instrumentation, thick when they want to be but not overpowering her whispered and hushed lyrics.
“Love Each Other” is an album opener with some simple requests, wishing ‘we could love each other instead of always getting into it’; a great plea coming via a slowed down ballad. Subtle guitar stabs kick off sadness in “Hard Time” and there’s a light touch of gritty Blues guitar for “The Lonely Persistence of Time”, where the guitar hides quietly behind her vocals like a kid hiding behind a parent…a moment in the record, like many, where the instruments choose not to overpower the vocals.
“Please Don’t Be Perfect” has a slow lounge feel, and the steel in “Panorama” gives the record a western-noir vibe. Beyond the vibe of the west, her descriptors of a clunky amusement ride you can hear in a parking lot paint a solid descriptor of a weird American night. Mary Bragg is a record with no need to jump out and grab you; it sticks with you listen after listen; an album that that travels along with you, not initially on the wish list but after a listen yet you are happy it came along for the ride. (by Bryant Liggett)
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