Reminiscent of Lucinda Willams crossed with perhaps Joni Mitchell and a touch of Kathleen Edwards, Marybeth D’Amico’s first full-length album contains smart songs and woven tales that rise beyond the level of the average.
For example, A Love Story chronicles the courtship of two young people, both of whom have been raised in fundamentalist families, perhaps in New Zealand as Marybeth suggests . Where I Lay My Baby Down is the lament of a mother who has just buried her child but could just as easily be about any death.
On the more non-fictional side, Ohio is based on the tale of Kenny Richey, a man who was jailed on death row for 21 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Save Your Soul was inspired by the fallen Evangelical preacher, Pastor Ted.
Others such as The Journey, Oblivion and Back On My Feet are more open to interpretation dealing with the challenges we all face daily.