Review - Telescopic

Artist: Edith Frost

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Telescopic
Label: MCA
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Telescopic

"Edith who?" you ask. Frost's addictive debut, "Calling Over Time," was one of 1997's most overlooked albums, so you probably missed out on this musical love child of Leonard Cohen and Patsy Cline. While her lush new release, "Telescopic," is not as fine-spun and haunting as its predecessor, Frost's songs are still sweet, spooky, sultry and tender all at once. She has pushed her '60s-folk meets '50s-rockabilly sound in a harder direction.

Frost is also a tart, poetic lyricist, subverting her girlish coo with one simple-but-damning or super sex-charged line. On "You Belong To No One," for example, a gentle country beat anchors her airy taunt to a lover -- "You'll always be lonely/ lalalalala." In "My Capture" she says it best -- "I'm a hungry tiger/ in a kitten suit." Just give her a chance to get her claws into you.

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