What some critics are saying about “Rise of the Fall”

WHAT SOME CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT LYNN DRURY’s “THE RISE OF THE FALL”:


“‘Rise Of The Fall’ shows a talent that’s on the ascent”.. (Tom Wilk/ICON Magazine)
 
“Although recorded in New Orleans by a grateful transplant to the Crescent City, Lynn Drury’s Rise of the Fall occupies a space closer to Tom Petty than Alan Toussaint. She’s a remarkable songwriter in a rock vein—with side trips into balladry and country rock—drawing from a rich palette in the studio that includes cello and violin along with organ and saxophone. Drury’s occasional 12-string guitar playing summons ghosts of Petty and his ’60s roots. Singing in a rugged rootsy voice, she puts across her tough yet sensitive lyrics on the vagaries of love.” (David Luhrssen/Shepherd Express)
 
“intimate emotive collection of songs influenced heavily by her roots…’NOLAmericana,’ a marriage of ’80s sounds, old-time country, rhythm and blues and New Orleans groove…an album that is at once diverse, outspoken, steady and true.” (Holly Hobbs/Gambit)

 
 
“Drury’s got a refreshing earthliness to her voice that gives her songs warmth while her backing band of New Orleans all-stars adds a shot of slinky Tabasco sauce to the otherwise Schlitz-fueled twang…Each song feels like a nugget of hard-earned wisdom…’Rise Of The Fall’ further cements Drury’s place in the firmament of New Orleans songwriters — no frills but with an attention to artistry and craft.” (Rachel Cholst/No Depression)

4****”With a sleepy-headed vocal delivery out of the Lucinda Williams school, NOLA-based singer/songwriter Lynn Drury serves up a soulful, ballad-heavy set with stick-with-you choruses dropped throughout. Cases-in-point include the simmering leadoff rocker- ‘Lifetime Of Living’, a country charmer- ‘Cold Feet’ and the melodically haunting ‘11:11‘.  Strings show up now and again; the moody character of  ’11’ is underlined by a compelling and very unexpected chart sounding straight out of the Jeff Lynne playbook”. (Duane Verh/Roots Music Report)

 
 

“Lynn just put out a new CD, Rise of the Fall, which takes listeners on a journey, with a female John Prine feel.” (Jim Clark/The Lee County Courier)

 
 
“Drury’s songs are beyond category, touching everything from classic folk singer-songwriter to county, soul, and roots rock…’Cold Feet’ should be a country hit for somebody if not Drury herself…” (John Swenson/OffBeat)

“This singer/songwriter from Nawlins via Miss’ippi has come up with the album Lucinda Williams fans have been hoping for.  Without being a copycat, Drury has her own sound but she does a great job of following in and filling some mighty big footsteps.  Simply a right on set throughout.” (Chris Spector/Midwest Record)

4**** ‘Favorite songs include the organ-drenched, string-augmented, tempo-shifting opener ‘Lifetime Of Living,’ the sad, profound ‘Taking All Good People Away,”’ the 12-string powered ‘Anniversary’ and too many others to mention. Fans of ‘NOLAmericana’ (Lynn’s word) will thoroughly enjoy this CD.” (Ricky Flake/Sun Herald)

“mixes folk, country, blues, soul, rock and pop elements to create her own appealing and engaging sound…And she is a damn good songwriter, her songs speaking to us honestly and directly…One of my favorites is ‘Water Your Words.’ It’s a beautiful song, slow and moving, yet oddly catchy, and with an excellent vocal performance. ‘We’ve always been good/At riding that fence/Between black and white/So don’t make me choose/Between this life and you.’ Arsène DeLay provides backing vocals on this track. This song dug into my brain, made itself a home there, where it is certainly welcome. I love this one more each time I listen to it.” (Michael Doherty’s Music Log)

“A Mississippi native, Lynn Drury has carved out a place for herself within the New Orleans music community as an Americana singer-songwriter drawing on country, folk and local rhythms and grooves. Her new, eighth album is ‘Rise of the Fall.’ On it, she and bandleader Rene Coman, bassist of the Iguanas, craft a dozen songs marked by her burnished voice and intimate arrangements.” (Keith Spera/New Orleans Advocate)