Cry Till You Laugh

With a stylistic sweep that encompasses country, blues, jazz and practically everything in between, Texan Terri Hendrix has created a flourishing cottage industry with a consistent string of albums hailed by fans and critics alike. Partnered once again with erstwhile producer and multitasking session pro Lloyd Maines, the new record finds Hendrix stirring the pot even more, opting to go it alone with harmonica (“Wail Theory”), vamp it up (“Automatic”) and tackle some torch-lit blues (“Sometimes”). Jazz orchestra and a ragtime band also add to the mix on “Take Me Places” and “You Belong in New Orleans” respectively, but the album’s ultimate triumph is “Come Tomorrow,” a restless but reflective ballad that gives her vocals a rare vulnerability all the easier to embrace.

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