Tift Merritt’s third album is a thoughtful and self-assured venture that confidently raises the bar for what country music can sound like. Merritt sings with a quiet, controlled grace that’s so pretty, it’s soothing.
That’s not to say her music can be described as simplistic easy listening. Her songwriting has a clarity of voice and storytelling comparable to the hushed determination of 60s female folk singers. With its flawless song structures and instrumentation, the album flows seamlessly.
Tift Merritt plays the El Mocambo Tuesday (April 1).