Record Review: Natalia Zukerman

Natalia Zukerman
Gas Station Roses

Brooklyn, NY
“Made of steel”

A big departure for folk favorite Natalia Zukerman, Gas Station Roses is sure to please longtime fans and newcomers alike. There’s something on this record for everyone. Songs like “Right Time” and “Howard Hughes,” with their lush instrumentation and thoughtful lyrics, showcase Zukerman’s keen ability to write and play from the heart. Wherever the singer-songwriter movement seems to be going, Zukerman always seems to be a few steps ahead in reading the pulse.

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But for the folk resistant, Gas Station Roses showcases a new side of Natalia Zukerman. Songs like “As You Are” and the title track are unlike anything the songstress has released in her career. They are led by drum tracks and scored by distortion pedals, yet the integrity of her lyrics never waivers. It’s an art Zukerman perfected on tour the last few years, testing the waters to see if there was a place for this mixture of styles. And if the final product of Gas Station Roses is any indication, there most definitely is. (Self-released)

Produced by Willy Porter

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