Deborah Coleman is a rarity in the male-dominated world of contemporary blues: She doesn't imitate the bellowing "blues mama" persona so familiar to the genre, and she's one hell of a lead guitar player. Her new album is a smooth blend of furious fretwork and purring voice.
Coleman's slide shreds up "Goodbye Misery," while her buoyant licks carry the Texas blues of "Travelin' South." Even when her lyrics come close to cliché, like on "Beside Myself" and "Hain't It Funny," she rescues the songs with some wicked playing and her Joan Armatrading vocal stylings.
This album proves Coleman's not a novelty but a rare talent in a genre that desperately needs some new blood.
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