Alice Bierhorst

Maker's Mark

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The third album from this Bay Area singer/songwriter starts with a little bang -- "Angel," its opening track, is a lovely, gentle wash of guitar arpeggios, bass, and light percussion that sounds less like a singer/songwriter's work and more like a great indie band (Ida, perhaps?). Things go slightly downhill from there (into more conventionally singer/songwriter territory), but Maker's Mark is still a fairly gorgeous record -- delicate melodies thread through drifting arrangements, and even if things aren't particularly brilliant, they're still incredibly pleasant to listen to.