Album review

Emily Sparks - What Could Not Be Buried

Emily Sparks composes delicate, ephemeral, intimate pop songs that flit between delicate yet upbeat pop and the darker stylings of fellow Americana songstresses Nina Nastasia and Neko Case. Using spartan orchestration with drums and keyboards, Sparks' acoustic slide guitar work and vulnerable, untrained voice deliver an unpretentious set of deeply felt songs. Recorded with a little help from Drew O'Doherty, who is also contributing to the new Willard Grant Conspiracy album.

Rating: 3 / 10


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