Lizabett Russo: “Running With the Wolves” (Debut Album Review)

Muruch first introduced you to Romanian-born, Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo two years ago as part of our Surfacing series. Lizabett was one of our more memorable undiscovered artists and her new debut full-length, Running With the Wolves, more than lives up to the extraordinary potential we heard in those first three songs.

From the haunting opener “You May Go Further and Find Worse” through softer folk ballads like “Surrender” and more quirky delights like “Love Me No Matter What,” Running With the Wolves is a nonstop surprise and pleasure.

Lizabett’s supernatural voice is as multi-faceted and multi-genre as her intricately orchestrated music. She can cram the vocal styles of Sia, Melody Gardot, My Brightest Diamond, Regina Spektor and Joan Baez into a single note, particularly in the moody ballad “I’ve Been Waiting” and the gorgeous finale “River Bridge.” Not mention the mindblowingly wide range of songs she’s covered live.

Lizabett Russo’s debut album, Running With the Wolves, is an exquisite collection of some of the most beautiful and innovative songs ever recorded.

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The Sweetback Sisters: Lookin’ for a Fight

The Sweetback Sisters will released their new album, Lookin’ for a Fight, on May 31st via Signature Sounds Records. The album is a delightful nod to vintage Western swing, honky tonk and classic Nashville country. Covers of songs originally recorded by legends like Patsy Cline are interspersed several new originals that fit right in.

The songs on Lookin’ for a Fight, particularly the spectacular backing harmonies, were inspired by and recorded in the one-mic style of records from the 1950s/1960s era of country music.

The album consists of seven new original songs by the band along with renditions of Patsy Cline’s “Love Me, Honey Do,” The Sons of the Pioneers’ “Cowboy Ham & Eggs,” The Traveling Wilbury’s “Rattled” and Hazel Dickens’ “Don’t Put Her Down.”

My personal favorites on the album are the swaggering title track and the cover of Dwight Yoakum’s “It Won’t Hurt When I Fall Down From This Bar Stool,” but the whole album is a toe tappin’, hip shakin’ wonder. I expect it to be on my best of the year list come December.

The Sweetback Sisters will play at The Empty Glass in Charleston, WV on May 27th.

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