Album Review | Singular Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5
From the initial twang of “Shine”, the opening song from Nashville-based duo Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry’s latest album of the same name, we seem to be effortlessly transported to the swampy backwoods of the Deep South, with its dark and atmospheric undertones. The husband/wife team deliver these dark, if at times spirited glimpses of Americana, over a dozen selections, each self-penned, three of which are co-written with Jon Weisberger, with Dorothy’s soulful voice at the fore throughout.text
Recorded in just three days and produced by Brian Brinkerhoff and Marco Giovino, these childhood sweethearts feed off one another’s strengths throughout the record, especially on the album’s first single release “The Mountain”, which features a soulful guest appearance by Darrell Scott. In places, the songs are enigmatic and instil a desire to learn more about the characters and themes, “Francis” for instance, or perhaps “Never Gone”, a song about a friend’s dying father, who seeks forgiveness in his final hour. As a timely follow up to 2016s Give and Receive, Shine maintains a certain vitality and promise for the duo, but I still think the best is yet to come.
Choice Track: The Mountain (NSV 502)