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Tanya Gallagher

Virginia

Review by G. W. Hill

This is rather folk oriented music. Some of it is very much set in a roots folk style. Other songs are closer to modern pop music. This is an intriguing set of music. For my money the closing song (as long as you are okay with the parental advisory on the lyrics) is the best number here. It's worth the price of admission, and that bit of language is a big part of what makes it work. Overall, this is an entertaining ride.

Track by Track Review
Virginia

There is a bit at the start that feels very much like something kind of electronic/techno thing. That's sort of a joke, though, because it goes away. When the song proper opens, it is a very down-home kind of folk music thing. There are some hints of modern alternative music, but this is more a roots thing than it is anything else.

Southern Soul
The melody on the beginning of this reminds me of Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee." The cut is more folk with modern elements at play. This is much more of alternative kind of thing. It's also quite cool.
Monterey
This cut has even more of a modern pop sound to it. It is sort of along the lines of something Fiona Apple might do, really.
A Farewell To Arms
Here is a song that's not a big change from the previous cut. That's not a bad thing, though. Both pieces are solid and effective.
Fables And Fallacies
A mellower, picked kind of ballad approach is the idea here. This is slow and pretty. It's also quite short.
The Ship
More of a pure folk song, I like this one quite a bit. It has some real roots elements at play.
3002 Miles
This earns a definite parental advisory. It's a bit of an angry cut. This is also classy stuff. I think this might be the best song of the disc. The arrangement is pretty stripped back and that lets the lyrics really shine.
 
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