January 23, 2009
Its always disappointing when an artist goes solo just to release an album that’s a carbon copy of the band they are trying to "grow" from. With Sarah Blackwood’s debut release Way Back Home this is hardly the case. Way Back Home is exactly as it sounds, a CD of Blackwood visiting her early roots of country and working class folk heroes like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
The strongest cut is the opening "Lonely Parade" which will immediately get stuck in your head with its eerie, but beautiful chorus. However, the rest of the tracks are not filler by any means. "My Mistake Baby Boy," "Trainwreck," "Monday Morning" and "I’m Sorry" are all great tracks on an album of acoustic gems.
If Bob Dylan caught flak by hardcore fans for going electric, let’s hope the opposite doesn’t happen to Sarah Blackwood for going acoustic.