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Natalia Zukerman

Brand New Frame

(Weasel; US: 6 May 2008; UK: Available as import)

The fact that Americana artist Natalia Zukerman plays acoustic guitar so well and sings superlatively is not a surprise. After all, she hails from a famous musical family. Her father Pinchas is a world renowned violinist and conductor, her mother Eugenia an internationally known flutist, her sister Arianna an opera singer and her grandfather a popular Klezmer clarinet player. What is surprising is how good a songwriter Natalia is. Her lyrics are evocative and poetic, yet still manage to tell a good story. She sings about people and places with a clear eye for detail and clever way of turning a phrase. Natalia understands how strong emotions can make one run around naked with joy at 6 a.m., or mourn the loss of deer on the highway while pining for a loved one, or yearn for a time when parents fought with each other because it was preferable to the current time when one had to leave to fight in a war. Her musical talents and songwriting gifts form a powerful combination.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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