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Shannon Whitworth

High Tide

(Redeye; US: 5 Mar 2013; UK: 18 Mar 2013)

Which song from Shannon Whitworth’s new album, High Tide, are you going to add to your Best-of-2013 playlist? Tough call, since the South Carolina singer-songwriter’s third album is top-to-bottom sturdy—10 dusky, dreamy songs about ephemeral romance, delivered in Whitworth’s relaxed alto.


The easy money is on the toe-tapping single “You Are in Love”, but the languid “Don’t Lie”, the Cat Power-esque “Not August Evening” and the sweet, melodic “Another Time” will vie for your attention. For the most part, Whitworth repurposes her string-band origins into dark, wet-echo Americana, all subtle guitar and brushstrokes, and the songs are witching-hour lovely. The album ends with a driftwood version of Dire Straits’ “So Far Away”, which is interesting enough, but High Tide proves that Whitworth doesn’t need any help from clever covers.

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Steve Leftridge has written about music, film, and books for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, No Depression, and PlaybackSTL. He holds an MA in literature from the University of Missouri, for whom he is an adjunct teacher, and he's been teaching high school English and film in St. Louis since 1998. Follow at SteveLeftridge@Twitter.com.


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