A fair mix of country-pop, a little rock and a smidgen of blues, Deena’s Somewhere in Blue is the kind of album you’d put on for background music but would still end up singing along with.
After singing lead and playing guitar with The Cucumbers since the early ’80s, the New Jersey-based artist struck out on her own to try something a little more Americana.
The best track, Why Do Hearts Grow Cold, would fit perfectly between Lynn Anderson and Juice Newton on a mix tape. It’s got a rhyme scheme and bouncy melody that quickly attaches to the subconscious.
The title cut, Somewhere in Blue ambles gently while Ramblin’ Dave gets a dose of banjo.
Still her pop roots aren’t entirely forgotten with songs like Mr. Midnight and Science Fiction.
The album was recorded between Nashville and New Jersey with help from producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Josh Rouse) and includes guests such as Brian Wolfe (My Brightest Diamond), Stone Jack Jones and Tom Cottone (The Churchills).