Elizabeth Cook – Welder

January 01, 1970

(Thirty Tigers)




Let’s make a prediction: Elizabeth Cook’s latest
album “Welder” is going to be a career changer for her. Bet against
it and you’ll likely be on the losing end. Even Cook seems to know this
14-track album, produced by the legendary Don Was, is going to be a game
changer. After all, she named the album Welder not just because that was her father’s profession, but because she said,
“I have melted and reformed.”


You likely know Cook for her 2007 album Balls with the breakout song
“Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman.” Produced by Rodney Crowell,
the album definitely put Cook on the map. Smart money says Was’ guidance, which
Cook says included pushing her to take chances with her vocals on these songs,
is going to make her a household name.


What Crowell and Was both did was take Cook’s raw
spirit and let it flow through her vocals, thus defining her music. While the
songs – both those written by her and those written by others – are full of
banjo, steel and string, the main instrument on each is her voice. Corny as
this may seem, the vocals are clear as spring water on such country classics as
“All The Time” and even the old-timey sounding (wait for it –
seriously) “Yes to Booty.”


But don’t think Elizabeth is some good-time country girl
singer. Listen to the rock-infused “Follow You Like Smoke,” — written
by her husband and bandmate Tim Carroll — and you’ll hear some of the
smokiest, most heartstring tugging vocals in modern alt country. You can bet
we’re going to hear Elizabeth Cook’s sometimes springy, sometimes soulful,
always satisfying music for years to come.


Standout Tracks: “All The Time,”
“Follow You Like Smoke” NANCY DUNHAM


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