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Classic Album Review: Shannon Wright | Dyed in the Wool

The singer-songwriter delivers gothic chamber-folk, edgy piano ballads and more.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


In an era when so many popular singers are about as deep as a birdbath, we need the Shannon Wrights of the world more than ever.

We need them because they deliver us from the dreck — in her case, with a slate of earthy Southern gothic chamber-folk, introspective yet edgy piano ballads and loose, ragged indie-rock. We need them for their distinctive voices and expressive songcraft — which Wright manifests in intensely grave, literary lyrics that contrast yet complement the ethereal beauty of her music, giving her a sound vaguely reminiscent yet undeniably her own. But ultimately, we need artists like Wright — and albums like Dyed in the Wool — because they show us their hearts and souls instead of their bellybuttons. And last time I checked, that’s what music was supposed to be.