CD review: Blood Rushing - Josephine Foster

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 05:00 11/11/2012
Blood Rushing - Josephine Foster
Blood Rushing - Josephine Foster

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BLOOD RUSHING
Josephine Foster
(Southbound)

The Colorado-born singer-songwriter has turned her operatic voice to children's songs, acid rock and 19th century classical ballads - now she's created an alter ego called Blushing and set her centre stage in a compelling album of alt-country that tends more to the alt than the country.

Weirdly reminiscent at times to Marc Bolan's naïve early Tyrannasaurus Rex work, Foster's beautifully melodious voice trips around her Spanish guitarist partner Victor Herrero and whimsical arrangements of strings and New Mexican skin drums.

If Bjork had been born a Baez, she'd probably have sought out such songs - from surging, spacey oddity to gentle, drifting lullabies. Strangely American; weirdly worldy.

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