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'New Mistakes'   

-  Label: 'Sonic Unyon'
-  Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: '28th November 2017'-  Catalogue No: 'SUNCD1622'

Our Rating:
Much is made of the raunchy, raw style of this album which, judging by the cover of Terra Lightfoot rocking out, is the desired response.

This Canadian artist is no shrinking violet when it comes to relationships and doesn't care who knows it. "I'm no cheater but I'm no saint" she confesses on Two Hearts, while the sexual energy of Pinball King is plain to hear: "I could feel the heat as we rolled across the city like a speeding silver ball".

However, while this sassy independent spirit is admirable, the resultant blues-based rockers like Stars Over Dakota and Hold You are still more notable for their formulaic arrangements than for their frankness.

Ironically, it's the tender-hearted tunes that work best. You Get High is an affecting pop tune remembering herself as a broken hearted teenager and, best of all, Norma Gale is the story of a "near-famous country star".

The latter tells of a singer struggling to make the grade while raising a son and touring non-stop. The desperate drive for fame and recognition while enduring life on the road with its "maze of old motel rooms and living room floors" is perfectly conveyed and doubtless struck a chord with Lightfoot.

Songs like these show that she is at her best as a lyricist when showing her softer, more vulnerable side. This is her third album and her strongest to date but with more soul and less swagger it could have been even better.

Terra Lightfoot's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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