Simple and Distorted is a very fitting title to this powerful CD from Courtney Fairchild. She has the voice of an old sould and the lyrics on all songs speak of long experiences and emotional persuasions.
The consistency of the CD is that it is a moving tale of words and wisdom with a bit of wit thrown in. You feel as though you are listening to a friend. And it reminds one of those long ago pre-Jewel days when the poems were not some much great tag lines as they were great stories. You get the feeling that there still just might be a place in the rock and roll bodega for a little acoustic quiet soulfulness. This doesn't rock gently into the night with her dazzling level of momement from one song to the next.
The first song "Constant Chords" is one of the memorable tracks, listening to it you can feel the power of the singer behind the words. Courtney is a well-seasoned musician and songstress and this comes through in the light touches you find in some of these songs. There is a vaguely whistful element to "Constant Chords" and yet it is still a fine opening track to introduce us to her world.
What follows is "Simply Gone" and though the song can be somewhat sad in a way, the lyrics have a certain honesty and tenderness to them. This track is really a stellar example of Courtney's talents as a singer. All of the music on this CD works for Ms. Fairchild and beckons the listener to stop and listen with full heart throttle.
This CD is certainly the right way to open what is sure to be a long and successful musical career. With the powerful songs of "Alice" and "Common Ground" along with "Moving" you feel as though you have moved to the position of a studious audience member__one whose ear was waiting for just the right note. In Ms. Fairchild's voice, we definitely find it.
Austin Access Magazine, December 2000
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