steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Emma Cook

"Hit & Run" CD


Genre: singer / songwriter, folk-rock, folk-pop

Toronto ON

Jan 24 2009

Imagine Alanis Morrisette with a heavier folk influence and some occasional cello, fiddle, and even accordion. Then you've pretty much figured out Emma Cook, a talented singer/songwriter who has delivered a mature folk-rock record with Hit & Run. This is not the most groundbreaking release to come out in the past year, but it is professionally written and well produced. Cook's vocals are consistently solid, and the instrumentation provides a pleasant coffee shop vibe. For this record she pulls off a number of upbeat numbers ("This Boy," "Wound Up") as well as slower ballads ("Song You Asked Me Not To Write," "Already Gone"). Album highlight "Coffee Shop Girl" is infectiously spirited. Expect to hear several tracks from this record on adult alternative stations - they have the necessary polish to fit right in.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2008]