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CD review: Samantha Crain 'Kid Face'

Samantha Crain's distinctive croon and literate lyrics are as potent as ever, but the Oklahoma singer-songwriter layers a palpable vulnerability on “Kid Face,” her most autobiographical album to date.
Oklahoman Published: March 1, 2013
/articleid/3759814/1/pictures/1965545">Photo - Pictured is the artwork for Samantha Crain's "Kid Face".
Pictured is the artwork for Samantha Crain's "Kid Face".

Her haunting vocals intertwine beautifully with Norman violinist Daniel Foulks' gypsy fiddle on “Paint,” and she and her musical cohorts, including fellow Oklahomans Brine Webb, John Calvin and Kyle Reid, bring a delicate prettiness to the ponderous melancholy of “We've Been Found.” The tuneful cacophony they build up to with “Sand Paintings” brings to mind late-era Beatles.

With her baby face, old soul and weathered alto, the title track with its themes of growing up and coping with 9disillusionment would probably resonate even without the intricate vocal performance she gives.

Crain also ruminates on the state of the world with the folky tracks “Ax” and “Somewhere All the Time,” but the best part of “Kid Face” is when she lets listeners get a good look inside her head.

— 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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