Album Review: Johanna Warren | Chaotic Good | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

Johanna Warren | Chaotic Good

(Carpark Records)
Johannawarren.com

JOHANNA_WARREN_Bed_Of_Nails.mp3

Be still, my pagan heart, here's a magickally thinking bard, incanting and casting to grapple the darkness. Hudson expat Johanna Warren's nuanced, ethereal voice conjures folk artists and singer-songwriters like Julia Jacklin or Tori Amos as the opening track of her fifth record weaves a tale of home-grown potions and spirits: "What you call God / I call the mysteries of the Universe." Her frolicking vocal on the piano-based "Only the Truth" is heartbreaking: "I see love everywhere I go / I see the light inside of all of you / What more can I do?" Gentle guitar and delicately layered harmonies propel the wistful wonder of "Bed of Nails," while the propulsive "Faking Amnesia" summons Shana Falana mode. Tempo mutation is unavoidable as Warren shifts, unleashed and screeching, in the energetic "Twisted," returning to a string-squeak guitar serenade in "Hole in the Wall." Keep your eyes on the stars, poets and visionaries, and sample this online.

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