The debut album by jazz-pop singer Lisa Karp is co-billed with her friend and mentor Dr. John, who plays keyboards and guitar on seven of the album's ten tracks as well as providing his familiar growl of a voice on the duet "Everything's Broken." Although the Dr. John brand name will undoubtedly attract attention, and his familiar New Orleans piano style is always welcome, Karp doesn't really need the leg up, musically speaking. The primary appeal of Fucsia Blues is Karp's quirky voice, a rough-around-the-edges instrument in a low register that occasionally has flashes of comparison to other singers (notably Laura Nyro, Carole King, and, on the sultry "Dose of You," twangy folk-rocker Amy Rigby) but mostly has its own unique charm. Karp is also an appealing songwriter, here working primarily in a jazzy/torchy mode that lends itself to lost-love tales like "Curve of the Truth" and "Good New Rumors." Fucsia Blues isn't a demanding stylistic breakthrough (and the misspelled title is kind of annoying), but it's an impressive debut in an under-utilized style.
AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason