Musings about music.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Dawn Landes - Sweet Heart Rodeo


I fell in love with Dawn Landes when I heard her song Straight Lines on the television show United States of Tara. After that I rushed to buy her album Fireproof which had even more gems on it, if you haven't heard it it's WELL worth buying.

Sweet Heart Rodeo is a pretty outstanding follow-up to Fireproof. While the title and the cover art might fool you into thinking you're getting a country album that's not fully the case here. She's got a really interesting sound that kind of makes up it's own country/alt-rock/folk genre. I'm constantly impressed by her range of vocals and her heartfelt, relateable lyrics. I find a lot of similarities between her music and that of Zooey Deschanel, so if you're a fan of She & Him you will most certainly enjoy Dawn's work as well.

The sound here is really lovely, and Landes manages to effortlessly intertwine melancholy with foot tapping melodies. Stand out tracks for me are Romeo, Money In The Bank, Little Miss Holiday, and my personal favorite (and probably my favorite song in the month of January) Dance Area.

My only complaint about this album is that it's only 33 minutes long in it's entirety and while I enjoyed all of them, I do wish it had lasted a little longer.

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