Tales of sleazy sex from young Canadian singer-songwriter

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Martina Sorbara – The Cure For Bad Deeds

The second album from 22-year-old Sorbara marks the emergence of a major new songwriting talent. Citing Tom Waits as her greatest inspiration, her songs are full of sleazy sex (“pushed into darkness by a relentless pelvis”) and fleshy regrets (“I ought to wipe the slate clean with new sheets and shower”), the soiled sentiments deliciously offset by her angelic voice. Switching between piano and guitar, she strays into Norah Jones territory on the jazzy “Eggs Over Easy”, while Natalie Merchant fans will lap up songs such as “Bonnie & Clyde”. The Cure… grows on you with every play.