Take Mike (R.E.M.) Mills, mix with Jim (The Little Willies) Campilongo, Brazillian percussionist Mauro (David Byrne) Refosco, and Chuck (John Mayer, Norah Jones). MacKinnon on trumpet, add a pinch of Michael (Lounge Lizards) Blake on saxophone and sprinkle in Buddy (Bob Dylan, New Riders of the Purple Sage) Cage on the ol’ pedal steel guitar and . . . What’s missing? Oh, of course. songwriter/vocalist Marilyn Carino, the real star of the record, with her old-style, loungejazz vocals. Now, you got yourself some Mudville!
An eclectic amalgam of groove, electronica, symphonic composition, and smooth shoegazey rock that sounds, oddly enough, like it was created twenty years ago. A wide variety of sounds and instruments back a woman with a strong, full voice.