Ten years into her celebrated career, Eileen Rose has rarely sounded as rangy as she does on upcoming fifth album Luna Turista (out October 5th). The still relatively fresh partnership with her backing band The Holy Wreck has emboldened her songwriting with broader strokes of attitude and a fearlessness that’s infectious and immediately obvious. But it’s not only their influence. The past two years have seen Eileen go through a cascade of personal turmoil, including the deaths of her father and brother, and it’s this pain that gives preview track ‘Sad Ride Home’ its emotional momentum. Rather than wallowing in despair, however, she confronts the inevitability of death head on and, in the chorus, with some bravado. “The worst part is just knowing this is not the worst place this is going,” she concedes at one point, but there is never a hint of full-blown resignation. The jam band feel of the material is a long way from her early recordings, unfolding as it does with a whole new sense of dynamism, but Eileen has always been a kinetic artist; shifting, changing, growing, this is her latest evolutionary step and it sounds pretty good.
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