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Sasha Dobson: Burn

David Maine

"Burn" is a pleasant collection of tunes. Do you really want to listen to pleasant?


Sasha Dobson

Burn

Label: Self-released
US Release Date: 2010-04-12
UK Release Date: 2010-04-12
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Sasha Dobson opened some shows for Norah Jones in May of this year, the sort of endorsement that most aspiring singers would give their eye teeth for. This 6-song EP, Burn, showcases her singer-songwriter talents, balancing between acoustic material and slightly more muscular electric workouts. Fiddle accents season the country-ish opener "Family," while the simmering "Burn" benefits from some ethereal pedal steel guitar. Dobson's previous full-lengths The Darkling Thrush and Modern Romance earned her characterization as a jazz crooner, but there is scant evidence of that here apart from "The Day We Met," a soft number that embeds Dobson's breathy delivery in a lush cushion of plucked strings and ukulele. The rest of the songs continue on in this mid-tempo, slightly rocking-but-not-too-much vein. It's all pleasant enough, but in the crowded field of female singer-songwriters, it will take more than an EP of unobtrusive songs to stand out.

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