Courtney Yasmineh | Sufi Line

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Sufi Line

by Courtney Yasmineh

A searing collection of hand-hewn songs that deliver love, loss, and redemption of the soul with yearning real-woman vocals and a Daniel Lanois inspired thundering backdrop of alt-country guitars.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Soda Pop Girl
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2. Nehemiah
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3. Perfidious
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4. Survival Time
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5. Live My Life in the Light Now
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6. Blindsided Again
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7. Sufi Line
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8. Slipping and Sliding
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9. Come to Me as a Child
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10. Billy Collins
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11. Let the Boat Burn
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Album Notes
Courtney's unique, heart-rending pipes instantly place her in a category all her own, yet her insistent, rebellious delivery mingled with a sharp musical sensibility and a knack for snapping off bait-and-hook couplets bring to mind a more urban Caitlin Cary, or perhaps a decidedly less fuzzy Hope Sandoval.

Taking her professional cue from such indie icons as Ani DiFranco and Gillian Welch, Yasmineh has spent the past decade honing her craft ‘round the Midwest, slowly but surely building a respectable fan base by resolutely playing a seemingly unending stream of live shows. During that time, she’s refined her song-writing talents to a sharp edge, developed a close, harmonic working relationship with some key musicians, and cut a passel of sparkling, uplifting indie rock nuggets in the studio.

Sufi Line, recorded and produced by Rob Genadek in the Twin Cities, is a delicious mish-mash of superbly crafted pop masterpieces and sultry, late-night ballads. Courtney’s voice is in top form here, and her backing band couldn’t shine much brighter were they huddling ‘round Emmylou Harris or Lucinda Williams -- these long-time sessioneers not only play her songs as if they’re their own, but seem to connect with Yasmineh on that subtle yet powerful level only truly close musical compatriots can.

A quick scan at their names finds a score of familiar players -- guitarists Dean Magraw and Dirk Freymuth, Honeydogs keyboard man Jeff Victor, much sought-after bassist Jim Anton, master jazz-rock drummer JT Bates, and several special guests combine to forge a sound that’s every bit as soul-stirring and memorable as any recent work by the likes of Harris/Dylan cohort Daniel Lanois.

The songs here range from the rollicking bounce of album opener “Soda Pop Girl,” which sports teasing lyrics (“...your hand sliding up my skirt/you were always such a flirt...”) against a heartbreak backdrop, to the downright alluring licks populating “Perfidious,” the tastefully nasty, back-alley kiss of “Let The Boat Burn,” and the longing ache of “Come To Me As A Child.”

Despite the classy front lobby, behind the velvet-curtained doors of Miss Yasmineh’s personal musical saloon lies a maze of unrequited desires, pain-wracked self-realization, an’ good ol’ down an’ dirty love tales -- it’s been said before about more obvious releases, but this one really was made to play loud. Sufi Line is an album fans of soulful, from-the-heart pop/rock with a slightly twisted, self-deprecating grin will be delighted to discover...


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Michael Walker

a complicated relationship
I bought 'Sufi Line' on something of a whim. I liked the samples enough that I thought, "Ten bucks? Worth it." After receiving it and throwing it in the old CD player, I've developed a much more complicated relationship with the album.

Basically, the CD has gotten under my skin. Yasmineh's voice is distinctive and could even be polarizing. The comparisons to Ani DiFranco seem valid; both are singers who are effective and powerful without being conventionally "pretty." That means that you won't be able to put 'Sufi Line' on as background music. I find myself sometimes putting the album on, then turning it off when I realize that I can't give it the attention it deserves. Does that mean I don't like it? Not at all; I find myself returning to it again and again. It's just not a wallpaper CD. The music is expertly played; if you're a musician you'll hear a lot of licks that are worth learning. The lyrics are sharp and the music is full of heart. If you're prepared to be challenged by a CD that demands careful listening, then check out 'Sufi Line.'