A product of New England’s fertile folk scene, Lori McKenna offers intimate glances at ordinary individuals navigating the complexities of everyday existence. McKenna’s austere observations and atmospheric arrangements show clarity and conviction. Lorraine, her first independent effort following a flirtation with Warner Bros., finds her exploring a sound that’s both plaintive and personal. “You Get a Love Song” renders a feisty tale of hard luck and dashed expectations, while “All I Ever Do” describes a couple struggling beneath the weight of their world. On tender ballads like “The Most” and “If He Tried,” McKenna merges the pop instincts of Carole King with the passionate delivery of Lucinda Williams atop graceful piano, guitar and strings. Lorraine is simply lovely.

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