S.J. Tucker | Tangles

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by S.J. Tucker

Memphis Alternative diva SJ Tucker brings us her second album and with it all-new original material, as well as huge, enveloping vocals raised to new levels by multi-layered harmonies.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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1. The Pixie Can't Sleep
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2. Bad Apple Lament
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3. That One Song
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4. Baba Yaga
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5. Weightless
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6. Drum
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7. Darker State of Grace
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8. Rain Falls Hard
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10. Tori Day
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Album Notes
"Singer-songwriters, take note: this is what you should be doing and how you should sound."

"With such a huge, soulful voice, one would be surprised to see that Skinny White Chick is in fact a skinny white chick...I can't say enough good things about the little woman with the big voice. Her lyrics are powerful and her music, ethereal."
-Memphis Records

"Yes, it's guitar folk in the troubadour tradition, but gods, it's staggering what this woman can do!"
-Phil Brucato, newWitch Magazine

"Tucker has a voice in a million -- powerful, hypnotic, untamed and yet utterly controlled. She sings from the gut, but hers is a trained instrument."
-Maria Nutick, Green Man Review

"First off, she can honestly sing like Joni Mitchell--no lie."
-Bill Ellis, Commercial Appeal

"a strong voice and engaging presence"
-Chris Herrington, Memphis Flyer

"courageous and talented"
-Kelly Bass, Arkansas Times

SJ Tucker is a singer/songwriter, as well as guitarist, bassist, percussionist, and poet, whose strong guitar work, enormous voice, and ability to stop traffic wherever she performs belie her small stature. Based in Memphis, TN, she may be found touring her own particular brand of mind-bending acoustic reality throughout the USA, both solo and as leader of the band Skinny White Chick, in support of 'Tangles', her new collection of Love Songs, Myths, and Sticky Situations. Be sure to check out her website for lyrics, tour dates, and more: http://www.skinnywhitechick.com

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tuckersj - the brand new live album
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sjtucker - the first album, Haphazard



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Ian Weir

South African comment
Tangles has already been on a seven hour trip from Johannesburg SA to mid-Botswana: has been re- and re-listened to and appreciated, lyrics inspected and understood with all their shades. SJ's voice is arrestingly pleasing company: she's good!


Slow burn with a big payoff
Although this disc didn’t jump out at me as much as Haphazard did, the more I listen the more it grows on me. It’s definitely a slow burn with a big payoff. There’s a lot of artistic expansion on this disc, and less direct homage to the artist’s influences. The prominent vocal harmonies sound amazing; they give the songs more body and in particular propel “Pixie Can’t Sleep” towards R&B territory (in a good way). The poppier songs are accessible without being one-dimensional; “Mary Mary” and “Drum” are ethereal. Overall, there’s plenty here to sink your teeth into, lyrically and musically. Be sure to stock up on the old EP’s as well.

J. Sin

Editor's Pick on Smother.Net
Her website is skinnywhitechick.com and you gotta laugh at that. But her music isn’t a laughing matter. It’s sort of that left behind solo girl acoustic folk music that the lovely anti-folksters cling to. Memphis, Tennessee however is her home rather than the bowels of Manhattan. Her sound is a mixture of Tennessee influences and Joni Mitchell. Singer/songwriters take note, this is what you should be doing and how you should sound.


So much to be said.
There is so much I could say about this album, and will say, in some longer review, somewhere.
I am really glad I bought it, though. It explains clearer why people compare her to Joni Mitchell, and why everyone seems so eager to drown in the voice of Sooj. Weightless makes me tear up, Mary Mary and Drum make me think, Baba Yaga makes me listen, and several others make me sit back and wonder.


In Praise of Vocal Evolution/Winter lurking behind Summer
On the way to one of S. J.'s shows recently, I listened to one of her old lo-fi EPs, and then listened to *Tangles* on the way out. The contrast was interesting and encouraging. Her voice continues to become more mature, more controlled and skillful. I do miss some of the more growly, lower-register vocals I hear in person, but the lighter, smoother sound seems to go with the mood of the album. This is a sweet album in a strange way, suited to the season, despite the snowy footprints, dripping blood, and rotten apples that show up-- as winter always lurks behind summer.

sue field

love this cd
sj tucker is a modern acoustic wonder, she sings great songs that speak to the pagan community, she is a joy to listen to.

Nair al Saif

Absolutely beautiful!
Her last album saw her flirting with multi-layered vocals on a few songs. This one is full blown! And it's just *beautiful*!!