Album Review

Bozulich, Carla – “Boy” – [Constellation]

Thurston Hunger   3/27/2014   A Library, CD

Most of the songs here are as slow as an executed man’s steps up
to the gallows, and just as full of dark thoughts. Carla’s voice
as always commands attention, especially in these ten cuts often
anchored by nothing more than a trenchant bass line and some art
trash percussion. Is she a drunk ghost missing her former life
as a Delta bluesman? Is she M. Gira’s guardian angel? Don’t know
but she’s one of the most consistently creative singer/songsters
going for my blood money these days. Dig the tranquilized madman
harmonies to her voice on “Don’t Follow Me” with the silhouette
of a Hammond B3. Great use of dappled guitar, fritzy electronics
and other odds and ends to splash a little color in these often
stark numbers. She’ll stick a phrase in and turn it like a blade
“Yes, the hole is deeper than the well” or spit out gems like
“the part-time tarantula” or “I just want to feel your skin (with)
that smoothest part of my shy heart.” She sings songs with near
religious fervor, but baptised in a strip club “Danceland” or
in the serial killer’s diary “Gonna Stop Killing”. Gaelic hymn
twirl to “Drowned to the Light.” With her malleable voice, she
may not be every woman, but she’s plenty and more than a few men.

-Thurston Hunger

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