Lilly Hiatt – Royal Blue (2015)

Posted by admin on March 29, 2020as


Like its dim, blurry cover art, Lilly Hiatt’s sophomore album is a shadowy, fuzzy set that occasionally shimmers but is just as often murky. John’s daughter abandons the simple singer-songwriter vibe of her debut, preferring to mesh a late ’80s synth approach with country, folk, and Americana all smothered with helpings of indie rock … so far, so good. But the problems start with the middling material, much of it similar sounding, that seldom finds its footing amid pedal steel, atmospheric guitars and thumping drums buried in the mix. Add Hiatt’s pleasant if detached, somewhat plain vanilla vocals and the result is an album with some good ideas that never rise to the surface.

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