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Laura Cantrell
HUMMING BY THE FLOWERED VINE
(Matador)

Nashville-raised New York transplant Laura Cantrellís third solo album is full of moments that sound crafted by the sort of person who loves songs for their little moments. Cantrell isnít a terribly distinctive singer, but her plain, thin voice is what gives much of her stuff its emotional punch. In "14th Street," she sings boiler-plate lines about losing sleep and having your knees go weak with an audible excitement. In "Khaki & Corduroy," a Cantrell original about moving to New York, her voice falters on "the most unlikely places" ó itís a poignant musical portrait of homesickness. Producer JD Foster matches these moments with bits of thrift-shop sonics: a ribbon of clarinet here, a choral vocal passage there.

(Laura Cantrell performs with Paul Birch this Wednesday, June 22, as part of the Museum of Fine Artsí "Concerts in the Courtyard" series, 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston; call 617-369-3306.)

BY MIKAEL WOOD


Issue Date: June 17 - 23, 2005
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