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Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops

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Item #: 14682955
    Personnel: Lindi Ortega (vocals, acoustic guitar); Colin Linden (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, percussion); John Whynot (piano); Dave Roe (upright bass); Bryan Owings (drums, percussion). Audio Mixer: Darryl Neudorf. Recording information......more
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Artist: Ortega, Lindi
Personnel: Lindi Ortega (vocals, acoustic guitar); Colin Linden (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, percussion); John Whynot (piano); Dave Roe (upright bass); Bryan Owings (drums, percussion). Audio Mixer: Darryl Neudorf. Recording information: House Of Blues "D"; Pinhead Recorders, Nashville, TN; Sound Emporium. Photographer: Julie Moe. Because of her high soprano vocals, Lindi Ortega is often compared to Dolly Parton, but her style couldn't be more different. Parton imbues everything she sings, even her most poignant songs, with an almost breathless optimism. Ortega's stock in trade is the darker side of life, specializing in love songs full of heartache, betrayal, and depression. Even when she sings happy songs like "Cigarettes & Truckstops" and "Every Mile of the Ride," her voice seems to be coming from a place where uncertainty and insecurity spin together in a hopeless and melancholy dance. Colin Linden's production emphasizes the music's despondent vibe by combining deep, throbbing bass tones with the wide-open, twangy sound of spaghetti Western guitars. It's a thick atmospheric sound perfectly suited to Ortega's aching tales of love gone awry. Most of the songs are taken at a funeral pace that befits the desperate subject matter. The obsessive lover in "Lead Me On" longs to be free, but Ortega's vocal suggests a fatal fondness for the tormentor that's intensified by Linden's spectral guitar work. Ortega's anguish is palpable on "Heaven Has No Vacancy," a grim gospel tune, while on "Use Me" she offers herself as an antidote to her lover's self-destructive habits, but her vocal again suggests the futility of caring for a lover trapped in a downward spiral. The rockers are just as grim as the ballads. "The Day You Die" is a honky tonk romp that belies Ortega's wrenching vocal portrayal of a woman trying to break away from a dead-end relationship. She rides a sharp swampy Creedence Clearwater groove on "Murder of Crows," praying that nobody will disc...
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Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Cigarettes & Truckstops
  2. 2 Day You Die, The
  3. 3 Lead Me On
  4. 4 Don't Wanna Hear It
  5. 5 Demons Don't Get Me Down
  6. 6 Murder of Crows
  7. 7 Heaven Has No Vacancy
  8. 8 High
  9. 9 Use Me
  10. 10 Every Mile of the Ride
Last Gang Records
Colin Linden
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
37 : 29
Editorial Reviews:
Q (Magazine) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he broken hearts and bad ol' boys of her twang-some country songs...are as universal now as when Loretta Lynn sang about them."
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