Amy LaVere

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The Sun gives Stranger Me four stars

With a sweet voice and double bass that’s way taller than her, Memphis singer Amy enchanted with last album Anchors & Anvils. Now she’s heading to broader horizons in her lyrics and music. Stranger Me is a richly atmospheric, darkly seductive song-cycle with the handsome gait of Damn Love Song setting the tone. The sprightly power pop of You Can’t Keep Me, with its euphoric horns, moves her further away from the alt-country brigade. And a cracking cover of Captain Beefheart’s Candle Mambo reveals the breadth of her ambition. You’re sure to revere LaVere.

The Sun, 7/1/11