Natalia Zukerman, Gas Station Roses

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 02.15.11 in Reviews

Natalia Zukerman's fifth LP, Gas Station Roses, spans slow and smooth folk ("Indiana," "Sorry Side of Town"), southern rock (the title track), and fiddle-laden Americana ("Howard Hughes"). Her smoky alto often comes across like a softer-sounding Ani DiFranco (whose longtime bassist Todd Sickafoose contributes to this album), particularly in "Come Undone" and record-closer "Little Bird," and her lyrics can be just as inspiring. In "As You Are," Zukerman sends the encouraging message, "So come on/ Just come as you are/ It might not even be that hard."