Monday, February 6, 2017
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: TIFT MERRITT - STITCH OF THE WORLD
Produced with Mr. Iron and Wine himself, Sam Beam, Merritt offers up a batch of hopeful heartache, wise words in turbulent times. Love Soldiers On is certainly a positive spin, as is Heartache Is An Uphill Climb. That latter song is so uplifting, it makes having someone dump you seem like good news.
Acoustic guitar, piano, mandolin and spare percussion set the mood, and even the pedal steel is kept somewhat hushed. Meanwhile Merritt's gorgeous voice is as glowing as Emmylou's, with just a hint of the ethereal, Kate Bush quality. When the electric guitar comes out for Proclamation Bones, she proves she has some power in the pipes as well. Mostly though, it's an album full of comfort and warmth.