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Elizabeth Cook – Welder

June 14, 2010 by  

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Elizabeth Cook – Welder

NAME: Elizabeth Cook
ALBUM: Welder
DATE: 14June2010

LABEL: 31 Tiger Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Treading familiar ground her way.

LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee

LINE UP: Elizabeth Cook (vocals)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Fifth album for the multi-talented country singer (double degrees and her own radio show), as she tackles familiar country conventions in her own style.

SOUNDS LIKE: Cook has the agreeable Southern twang and laconic style that seem to be industry standards and covers the familiar avenues of life, love and relationships, but mixes in some interesting influences, particularly punk and rock, to produce some surprising (and pleasing) work. Her genre busting is particularly notable in the choppy and punchy delivery of ‘El Camino’, which was reminiscent of Blondie’s ‘Rapture’, while ‘Not California’ had a curious melting vibe I haven’t heard since Semisonic were still around, which was surprising to say the least.

Overall, a smooth, clean and polished experience, which occasionally touches on more sensitive territory with ‘Heroin Addict Sister’ and there’s some classic ribald innuendo from the likes of ‘Snake in the Bed’. This could be her breakthrough album for mainstream success.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You think the diner should have a jukebox. You like a (little) bit of bite in your country.


Submitted By Andrew Gregory



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