Caroline Spence (from the album Mint Condition available on Rounder Records)
The story told in “Angels or Los Angeles” holds dual citizenship as Caroline Spence reads the mind of the woman behind the wheel, a mental state that stages what was left behind alongside an open highway of what-might-be. The tale plays out on the recent Caroline Spence release, Mint Condition, the depth of its character joined by like-minded souls sending out prayers to lady luck (“Wait on the Wine”) as a rock’n’roll beat struts out into the unknown (“Who’s Gonna Make My Mistakes”) and a hushed melody drifts lightly over self-reflection (“Sometimes a Woman is an Island”. On her third album release, Caroline Spence creates a safe space for searchers, the songs onMint Conditionmirroring the lives of its listeners, women and men alone on a dark road, restless yet surrounded by big city comforts, and white-knuckling dreams as they stubbornly hold on.
As a story-teller, Carline Spence can be found on the top shelf. She slowly adds flesh and bones as she exposes the spirits looking to bust loose, using memories of the past to strengthen the real-time bonds of love in the Mint Conditiontitle track. The music matches the intimate conversation in “Sit Here and Love Me” as a voice seeks the solace of a touch without the need of words. Mint Conditiontakes its first steps on a hyper-active rhythm when “What You Don’t Know” pulls back the curtain on secrets and acoustic strums wrap around the war between the angel and devil taking sides in “Who Are You”. Caroline Spence stands on a rooftop to make a wish to the night sky, putting the message into “Song for a City” as she settles in for the “Long Haul” with life choices in the passenger seat and slow dances with whispered advice in “Till You Find One”.
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