Lucy Wainwright Roche

There’s a Last Time for Everything

Maeby Music

Dec 17, 2013 Issue #48 - November/December 2013 - HAIM Bookmark and Share


On There's a Last Time for Everything, Lucy Wainwright Roche (daughter of Loudon Wainwright, half-sister to Rufus and Martha Wainwright) showcases a voice that's lovely, but neither especially distinctive or powerfulbut the silver lining is that this makes Roche an excellent harmonizer. Everything is at its strongest when Roche shares the spotlight with others; notably, Colin Meloy and Mary Chapin Carpenter. "A Quiet Line," featuring Carpenter, is the album's most interesting song, its lilting melody buoyed by gorgeous close harmonies.

Everything is autumnal in every sense; the quiet calm, the self-reflection in the face of darker times aheadand especially because the autumnal equinox represents a moment in time when the day and night are exactly the same length. The album's best and worst quality is that it's even-keeled; balanced and polished, but maybe to the point of compromising its ability to engage and absorb. (www.lucywainwrightroche.com)

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