How Sad, How Lovely
How Sad, How Lovely

Connie Converse

How Sad, How Lovely

March 5, 2009

Folksongs

Connie Converse spent much of the 1950s living in New York City, trying to make a career as a musician with practically no success. However, she unwittingly invented many of the tropes of confessional singer-songwriters of the '60s and '70s, though no one outside of her closest friends ever heard her work. This collection of informally recorded living room sessions documents a thoroughly unique musician and lyricist years ahead of her time.

- Mark Deming

My Better Self
My Better Self

Dar Williams

My Better Self

September 13, 2005

Alternative Folk

This more confident-sounding sixth studio album was a departure from Williams' earlier folk records, one that saw her lean into folk-rock, the '70s California vibe, and contemporary adult-alternative pop. Guests include Marshall Crenshaw and Ani DiFranco as well as members of the Hooters (Rob Hyman co-wrote two of the songs).

- Marcy Donelson