Love Medicine

Scout Cloud Lee

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Love Medicine Review

by Stewart Mason

Comic author Robert Lanham coined the term "Cherohonkee" to describe a certain type of middle-class white person who has adopted a kind of faux-Native American persona (headbands, turquoise, feathers, T-shirts with pictures of wolves, Kokopelli necklaces, that sort of thing) and spends most of his or her time spouting a brand of new age babble apparently cobbled together from various self-help books, old Buffy Sainte-Marie records, and repeated viewings of Billy Jack. Scout Cloud Lee is the Cherohonkee's archetype. A motivational speaker who makes records of original songs on the side, Lee is a painfully earnest singer/songwriter whose lyrics will strike cynics as hilarious and her fellow believers as deep and insightful. In her favor, Lee does manage to skirt the smug self-righteousness endemic to many similar records, and musically, Love Medicine is entirely serviceable folk-pop with some country and Native American elements. A few songs, most notably the twangy "One Tiny Candle," might appeal to people who have never been to Taos or Sedona, but overall, Love Medicine is strictly for the faithful.

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