The Graceful Ghost
First Appeared at The Music Box, April 2004, Volume 11, #4
Written by John Metzger
On The Graceful Ghost, Grey DeLisle delivers 12 songs with such a delicate touch that it’s a simple matter to overlook the power of her performance. Her voice is just an angelic whisper that floats like a dream above the gentle acoustic arrangements, but within each breath, she conveys a wealth of emotion that harkens back to another era of country music, one where Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, and Hank Williams reigned supreme. Perhaps DeLisle’s closest contemporary is Alison Krauss, whose equally lovely vocals are as startlingly quaint and beautiful. However, where Krauss tends to utilize a glossy production style that carries her music into pop-oriented territory, DeLisle’s tunes creak along as if sung from a rocking chair on a rural back porch under a clear, starlit sky. Granted, there are moments when her songs fall flat, but when she’s on target, The Graceful Ghost is a remarkably compelling endeavor.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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