For her sophomore album, North Carolina’s Shirlette Ammons called her friends. Having not heard her first album, I can’t say that she needed the help, but certainly having the firepower of The Indigo Girls, Meshell Ndegeocello, Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, Phil Cook of Megafaun and tons of others didn’t hurt her. And recruiting Daniel Hart to compose the music (St. Vincent, Broken Social Scene) didn’t hurt either. What you end up getting is a wild, unpredictable mix of rap, folk, easy pop, straightforward rock, ambience…Just about everything you can think of.
This is certainly the most interesting album I’ve heard so far in 2016—and one of the best.