Garrison Starr

24-7

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The Mississippi-bred, Memphis-based Garrison Starr got her start in the cultily-adored band This Living Hand, alongside fellow future solo artist Neilson Hubbard. Her major-label solo debut, Eighteen Over Me, was nothing like the moody, neo-psychedelic pop of that band; instead it sounded like Geffen Records was trying to pitch her as the new cross between Sheryl Crow and Melissa Ethridge, and Starr did not come off particularly well in the process. The companion release 24/7 seems to recognize that failing, however, and it recasts Starr in a much more flattering light. Kicking off with a slightly remixed version of the single "Superhero," the best song on the album, the eight-song 24/7 consists of live acoustic performances that show off Starr's fine voice and sympathetic melodies in their best light, plus an electric full-band version of George Harrison's "Taxman" that turns the familiar song into a hazy, drony rocker somewhat akin to a more energized Galaxie 500. Of the other songs, the brand new "Simple Theme" is the highlight, a lost love song that manages to be rueful and wistful at the same time.

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