With her fifth album, Arizona, indie songstress Tracy Shedd trades in her signature sound of peppy, electric slowcore pop for a completely acoustic set of hushed, introspective numbers. Even at their most robust, as with songs like the moody "Million Pictures" and the upbeat Portastatic-esque "Ninety-Five to Ten," the atmosphere stays low and subdued. Shedd is joined on most of Arizona by her husband, guitarist James Tritten, as well as a host of backing vocalists and supporting musicians like Denison Witmer, Rosebuds member Ivan Howard, and Howe Gelb. In addition to her 11 original compositions, Shedd offers up a jaunty Magnetic Fields cover and an unexpected acoustic reading of Sonic Youth's "Teenage Riot."
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AllMusic Review by Fred Thomas