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Angela Desveaux

The Mighty Ship – 2008 (Thrill Jockey)

Reviewed by Andy Turner

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Montreal resident Angela Desveaux's sophomore effort is an appealing, if not especially distinctive, slice of indie popped-Americana. A talented songwriter, Desveaux could use a bit of a heat injection from time to time, but that does not make her mellow melodies and sad tales less lovely.

You will likely hear Lucinda Williams in Desveaux's voice, especially on songs such as Hide From You and the outstanding title track. Desveaux's vocals are powerful in their own way, but lack the grit and defiance that makes Williams' so unforgettable. The Way You Stay is another highlight, and the somewhat rowdy sendoff For Design helps liven up the drowsy second half of the album.