Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nina Nastasia & Jim White


"Dirty Three's Jim White has drummed for Cat Power and PJ Harvey, so
it's no shock that he ended up with Nina Nastasia. Nastasia's
mood-stricken folk-rock fits neatly among her better-known peers, but
unlike her other White-backed discs, Run To Ruin and On Leaving, the new You Follow Me
grants the drummer equal billing. It isn't a token gesture: White's
ragged yet jazzy pulse fills every inch of the space Nastasia
previously stuffed with strings and piano. Stripped of finery, You Follow Me is
Nastasia's purest, most assured work yet, a raw acoustic set that
sweeps sentiment out of dusty corners and slips into sudden whispers as
White frisks around and across her stark chords. And when Nastasia's
voice rises from a delicate mumble to a piercing cry, it's enough to
make hearts follow suit."

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