September 28, 2015

Judee Sill - Judee Sill, 1971

Guest post by Cora Walters

The more I listen to Judee Sill's music, and specifically this album, the more I come to think of it as a church. The perfect soundtrack for finding your way. Her earnestness and skill as a singer and lyricist certainly rank her among the sweet sirens of the seventies - Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan, Karen Dalton, Linda Perhacs, Bridget St. John, Nico - but what sets her apart is her constant craving. Surreal parables swirl around, clutching to make contact or to make sense of the world and her place in it. Each song is a hymn of her own mystical making. Even at its most baroque ("The Archetypal Man"), twangy ("Ridge Rider"), or pop ("Jesus Was a Cross Maker"), she's driftin' and "lopin' along" some serious terrain - the rocky road to salvation.

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