Loey Nelson

Venus Kissed the Moon

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Milwaukee singer/songwriter Loey Nelson possesses a versatile set of pipes that lets her shift effortlessly, and successfully, between country-tinged pop, folk, and even the jazzy feel of "Venus Kissed the Moon." The song, which happens to be the title track, seems to be a musical descendent of Van Morrison's "Moondance." However, "Railroad Track" is much more typical of this release, a deft slice of rootsy rock that gives room for Nelson to show off her vocal talents and literate songwriting. She gets some musical assistance from studio veterans like Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar, making for tight backing. Nelson conjures up a smoky, barroom ambience on "Gypsy Rose" and offers a captivating reading of "To Sir With Love." Originals like the organ-driven "East of the Sun," the evocative "Black Highway," and the moody, resilient "Angels" are equally inviting.

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