I was recently sent Pegi Young’s new album, Foul Deeds, – I wasn’t familiar with her previous record so I didn’t know what to expect but was, honestly, pleasantly surprised. The whole album’s got a really warm, almost countryish vibe – more of a rainy Fall Sunday player than a Saturday night banger – with a smokey lead vocal that gives a road-worn maturity to the tracks. Her backing band is solid and confident with enough class to know when to step back and just set the stage. Normally, this blend of mellow country folk rock is not really my thing but I think she does it justice, and I caught myself humming along to the songs after a few listens, especially the hook laden lead track Pleasing to Me, which has some nice Steve Cropper-esque guitar work in there. There’s a good mix of original tunes as well as some covers, including a lap steel drenched version of Lucinda Williams’ Side of the Road. And I always have a soft spot for records that state “This Album Was Recorded To 2″ 24 Track Analog & Mixed To 1/2″ 2 Track Analog” in the liner notes. Overall, if you’re into Ms. Williams or maybe Tift Merritt or Bonnie Raitt., then this album is solid listen that should be right up your alley. Should go over with the WXPN crowd as well.
But why take my word for it when you can check it out yourself – download an mp3 of Starting Over from Pegi Young’s Foul Deeds album here. And yes – it’s totally legit and legal so enjoy some tunes guilt free.