Cosy Sheridan Pretty Bird A Work of Honest Emotion

Pretty Bird
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For every ten parents who name their kids something inane like Sunflower or LaToya, there's a rare couple that gets it right. Count Cosy Sheridan's folks among the latter; I can think of no better way of describing Sheridan's music than by invoking her given name. As in past projects, Pretty Bird is an album that just feels comfortable and inviting. That's in part because Sheridan has never been afraid to expose her emotions or to put herself forward without pretense. Among the subthemes of this album is the pruning of a long-term relationship and the budding of a new one. Pretty Bird is also typical in that Sheridan mixes things up. The title track, for instance, has decided Appalachian influences, while a song such as "Welcome to Boston" is lounge jazz snarky. And if that doesn't span enough turf for you, check out "Rise Out of the Water," her take on the relationship between Arthur and Guinevere. Sheridan's albums also have a way of lulling you to a–dare I say it?–cozy place until you hear a sharp line that snaps you to attention. What better way to describe the way that we must sometimes just endure life's disappointments than the simple, "I hold back, I drive on?" Or the poignancy of coping with regret and sorrow than "I sing I'm sorry/I sing goodbye?" I'm also rather fond of her line, "No matter where we live/We all move on." Writing such as this may score low on the epic poetry scale, but it pushes the honesty meter into the red zone. Sheridan always leaves us in a good place. "The Sandman's Ride" is the perfect way to end this taut ten-track CD–a waltz time lullaby. Rob Weir

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