Liz Tormes


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Liz Tormes' Limelight is a hauntingly sweet album that evokes early-'90s Mazzy Star at times, but clearly with more Americana roots intentions. This is particularly evident in the gorgeous title track. The New Yorker (by way of Nashville) also takes a more straight-ahead pop approach on "Don't Love Back," which bounces along, the only undertow provided by the naturally sad edges in Tormes' voice. But it's where darkness and beauty collide that Tormes finds her best moments, such as on the album highlight "Read My Mind." On this album, Tormes is still a bit of a "talent in the raw," with her pitch wobbling here and there, but in feel and intention this is a strong effort, with some captivating emotional landscapes being spun out of Tormes' breathy vocal tones and some ringing, atmospheric guitar lines.

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