For her third solo effort, named after her home state of Oregon, Kaia Wilson had to find enough time outside of running Mr. Lady Records and playing in the Butchies to create an angst-tinged, heartfelt set of folk music. From the moody country tune "Mira," with guest vocals by Amy Ray, to the sunny "Make Me Please" and the cheesy but satisfying '80s keyboards on "Air," Oregon is a far cry from Kaia's angry hardcore material with her one-time riot grrrl luminaries Team Dresch. "Jasper" magnificently combines the rootsy songwriting of the Indigo Girls with an ear for early-'90s indie rock -- a pairing that best describes Kaia's music overall. These are subtle, emotional songs that unfold slowly to reveal a rich interior life. Perhaps too quiet for those who want to rock like Team Dresch, Oregon is essential for fans of the Butchies and the Indigo Girls.
by Charles Spano