Angelica Garcia: Medicine for Birds

Alt-country has a new heroine. Garcia’s vocals mix Sheryl Crow’s rasp with Regina Spektor’s quirky mannerisms, but the production by Charlie Peacock (aided by familiar names like Scott Dente, Jeff Taylor, and Matt Slocum) achieves the bluesy orbit of Lucinda Williams. Lyrics are a mixed bag: songs about intercessory prayer (“Pray”) and resisting Satan (Buddy Miller would be proud to have made “The Devil Can Get In”) sit confusingly alongside casual use of spiritually potent terms like “damn,” “hell,” and “God.”  “Twenty” chronicles the instabilities of young adulthood, showcasing Garcia’s observational lyrical prowess in the process.

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