CD Review: Sara Milonovich | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine
Pin It
Favorite

CD Review: Sara Milonovich 

Last Updated: 08/13/2013 4:01 pm


Sara Milonovich
Daisycutter

(Loonymusik Records, 2009)
On Daisycutter, her impressive solo debut, roots music veteran Sara Milonovich hits the ground running with the up-tempo, fiddle-fueled “Country Life,” a powerhouse lament that takes on class, the plight of family farms, countryside gentrification, and the UK foot and mouth epidemic of 2001. Sound intense? It is, but as a bracing opener, it serves well, priming listeners for a deft mix of literate folk, plaintive Celtic-tinged balladry, and plenty of modern-day ass-kicking. Milonovich is a fiddler of much renown—with additional chops in the vocals and guitar department—and a life spent mostly on the road has yielded the skills to take on a wide range of material and a bevy of extremely talented friends. The high-profile pals adding to the bounty of Daisycutter include singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, who executes a gorgeous solo on her own beautiful ache of a love song, “Last Dance.”

Even without the star turns, however, Milonovich emerges as both a gifted artist in her own right and an unpredictable song interpreter. The Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday” becomes a zydeco raveup; KT Tunstall’s wry but sweet “Under the Weather” is a deceptively simple ballad with tasty political overtones. The unexpected Peter Gabriel tune, “Here Comes the Flood,” offers a nice slab of electric guitar while evincing Milonovich’s penchant for the post-apocalyptic. But any lingering darkness is quickly dispersed by a rollicking take on “The Lake Arthur Stomp.” These scene changes offer a chance to process the considerable depth of the material and most importantly, to dance. www.saramilonovich.com.

cd-sara-milonovichfinal.jpg
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Then & Now: A Special Group Exhibit Celebrating the Gallery's 30th Anniversary @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Then & Now: A Special Group Exhibit Celebrating the Gallery's 30th Anniversary

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 19 — It started in 1991 when the doors opened to the Warren Street...
"Nivola: Sandscapes" @ Magazzino Italian Art

"Nivola: Sandscapes"

May 8-Jan. 10 — Features a selection of 50 works of sandcast sculpting by Costantino Nivola...

View all of today's events

Chronogram on Instagram

Latest in Arts & Culture

It’s high time Chronogram made a newsletter about marijuana. Stay in the know with the latest on dispensary openings, industry news, cultivation tips, and more as we cover the emerging cannabis scene in New York and the Northeast. Welcome to High Society.

Subscribe

* indicates required