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CD review: Carrie Rodriguez 'Give Me All You Got'

The Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist brings an infectious energy and adventurous spirit to her fifth solo album.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: January 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013
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Carrie Rodriguez ‘Give Me All You Got' (Ninth Street Opus)

Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Carrie Rodriguez brings an infectious energy and adventurous spirit to “Give Me All You Got,” an 11-track set of originals that are by turns winsome and heartbreaking.

Produced by Lee Townsend, who also has worked with Bill Frisell and Loudon Wainwright III, the follow-up to her celebrated 2010 covers collection “Love and Circumstance” boasts an appealingly live and loose vibe that stays constant even as she experiments with different musical styles.

Known for a voice as warm and sweet as cinnamon toast, Rodriguez lights a fire in her vocals and fiddling with the first track, “Devil in Mind,” a slow-burn roots rocker that warrants an instrumental reprise. Along with the opener, she co-wrote the melancholy shuffle “Sad Joy” with her mentor Chip Taylor. The “Angel of the Morning” songwriter also penned two tracks for Rodriguez: the electric blues-rocker “I Cry for Love” and the gut-check breakup ode “Cut Me Now,” an album highlight.

There's more pain couched in beauty on the folky “Whiskey Runs Thicker Than Blood,” but the perkily old-fashioned ballad “Lake Harriet” gives the proceedings a fun country swing.

Rodriguez co-wrote three tracks with fellow singer/songsmith/musician Luke Jacobs: the smoky lounge number “Tragic,” the old-school country duet “I Don't Mind Waiting” and the playful, poppy rumination “Brooklyn,” about her decision to move back to Austin after a decade of living in New York.

Jacobs will join Rodriguez Sunday when she plays an album release show at the Blue Door. For more information, call 524-0738 or go to www.bluedoorokc.com.

— Brandy McDonnell

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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