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Rebecca Pronsky

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(Nine Mile; US: 19 Apr 2011; UK: 19 Apr 2011)

Mixed bag from singer-songwriter

Rebecca Pronsky mines the well-worn singer-songwriter vein with the assistance of layered instrumentation that provides a full, warm sound that stops just short of being busy. Opener “Hard Times” manages to be simultaneously catchy and somber, while “Mercury News” captures a similar sprightly-but-wistful country vibe. When she taps this mood, Pronsky is at her best.


Her vocals aren’t always the strongest, though—she slides all over the notes on “Day of the Dead”, while “Shame” and “Good Life” are similarly marred. The album loses momentum badly in the second half, with songs like “The Wheel” and “Fragile World” just slogging along. Here’s hoping Pronsky takes the time to work up a full album’s worth of compelling material before taking to the studio again.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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