"Heart of a Woman"
Genres: emo, indie rock
195 Three Oaks Drive
Athens, GA 30607
May 26 - Jun 1 2003
of a Woman is a collection of eight songs, five of which were
written by Powell herself, and three of which are traditional
hymns and spirituals. Although it's pretty short in duration, Heart
of a Woman is a surprisingly powerful disc. Powell
delivers the songs in a hauntingly emotional fashion, combining Southern songwriting with pop and jazz influences.
The album starts off (after a brief intro) with "Over My
Head," a catchy, smoky breath of folk-tinged pop. Powell's
beautiful voice is used in a modest, effective manner - not going for
anything theatrical, she makes everything seem effortlessly perfect
and yet daringly simple. This style of singing is carried over
through all of the album's tracks, right until the finalé, a
vocals-only rendition of the classic spiritual "Were You
There." Other highlights include a laidback version of
"In The Garden," the semi-country leanings of
"Dance," and the mesmerizing title-track.
Heart of a Woman is an album for starry nights alone at home
- buy it and you'll cherish it forever.
8 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2003]