• ana egge White Tiger (CD, £11.50)

    Ana Egge’s tenth album has nine originals and one cover (John Hartford), and so amply displays her singularly articulate and affecting honesty and sensitivity as to once again deserve USA Today’s accolade, “[Ana] can write and sing rings around” her contemporaries. The album features wind, string, and vocal arrangements by multi-instrumentalist/producer Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic) and guest appearances by Anais Mitchell, Billy Strings, Alex Hargreaves and Buck Meek (Big Thief). Like the tiger in the title song, Egge, herself, is near-miraculous, rare but real, and, as Lucinda Williams said, “Listen to her lyrics. Ana is the folk Nina Simone.” Tracks: Girls, Girls, Girls / White Tiger / Be With You / You Among The Flowers / Dance Around The Room With Me / I’m Goin’ Bossa Nova / Last Ride / Western Movie / In Tall Buildings / Let The Light In

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