Amy Cook – Summer Skin

January 01, 1970

(Thirty Tigers)


It would seem a wide divide between a swagger and a sway,
but credit Amy Cook’s restive spirit for bringing the two extremes that much
closer.  Not surprisingly then, with Summer Skin, Cook’s excellent new album,
Cook ups the musical ante and her own profile as well. Reared in California, she effectively ingratiated herself with the Austin elite, beginning
with her mentorship with Alejandro Escovedo and, then on this — her fourth
offering to date — a star-studded circle of friends who grant her further


It says something that Robert Plant, Ben Kweller, Patty
Griffin, Jonathan Wilson and Meshell Ndegeocello are among those that lend their
support, but it’s even more impressive that Cook continues to hold her own,
even when surrounded by the various famous names. It’s her ability to carve
indelible melodies that manage to blur the distinction between the tender and
tenacious that ought to earn Cook her kudos, a sound and style that brings to
mind the expressive qualities of both Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris all within
the scope of a single song. Through it all, her searing emotions are front and
center, whether it’s the withering “Waiting 4 the World 2 End,” the sublime and
sensual “Sun Setting Backwards” or the soft strummed caress of “Hello, Bunny,”
“Levee” and “When I Wake Up.”


An album that bears repeated listens, Summer Skin is nothing less than extraordinarily affecting.


“Waiting 4 the World 2 End,” “Sun Setting Backwards,” “When I Wake Up” LEE


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