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Flexible and accessible

The Blistering Sun
The Blistering Sun
By Rachael Sage

MPress Records: 2006

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This review first appeared in Turbula in July 2006.

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Transcending standard music formats with a broad musical vision that stretches from singer-songwriter to folk-rock to power pop to out-there experimental jazz, Rachael Sage manages this feat of straddling numerous styles with an overarching vision that lets her make any song, any style uniquely her own. A powerful yet suprisingly expressive singer, Sage brings a bit of rock toughness to even her most gentle lyrics: Imagine Chrissie Hynde as a folkie.

Then she can turn even that inside out, as she recites a poem atop a jazz rhythm section while a trumpet blows gently in the background on "Hit Song." The thing that really grabs you, though, is that even in her most Yoko Ono-ish moments, Sage remains accessible, melodic and fun.