Erin McKeown, Monday Morning Cold

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

A unique snapshot of McKeown's early days, Monday Morning Cold shows the singer working to discover her unique voice. Opener "Fast As I Can" is sweet and soothing, McKeown's coy vocals creeping across clattering percussion and clotheslines of guitar. "My Hips" is loose an ragged, a cat's cradle of guitar arpeggios, criss-crossing and knotting up. "How to Open My Heart in 4 Easy Steps" is bare and aching, on par with the early, haunted work of Cat Power. Monday Morning may predate McKeown's signature sound, but it's not without its many charms.