Sandra McCracken: Gravity|Love (2006)


Sandra McCracken
Gravity|Love; 2006
Towhee Records
My Rating: 80/100
Sandra McCracken has built herself a reputation as the thoughtful girl-next-door, and her fourth album, GRAVITY|LOVE, is her strongest offering to date. Folky songwriters can often miss the point when it comes to concept, but Sandra gets it right here, crafting eleven cohesive tracks centered around Love as Gravity as Love. Not that she ever gets cerebral about it, but these lovely tracks speak to the deepest of human longings. Yet the greatest strength of this record is that she casts it as a road record, every track seeming custom made for hitting the open highway in search of God knows what. From the joyous opener “Head Over Heel” to the sad-eyed “Portadown Station”, this is a record more about departures than arrivals, especially given the brilliant tribute to George Harrison, “Goodbye George.” Like U2, you get the impression that although Sandra knows what she’s looking for, she still hasn’t found it. That’s okay – being along for the ride will do.
Cohesion (4.5/5)
COnsistency (4/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Tracks:
1. Head Over Heel (5/5)
2. Long Way Home (4/5)
3. Goodbye George (5/5)
4. Gravity (4/5)
5. Traincar (5/5)
6. Portadown Station (4.5/5)
7. Doubt (3.5/5)
8. Broken Cup (4/5)
9. Shelter (4/5)
10. Chattanooga (5/5)
11. All the Miles (4/5)

SandramccrackengravityloveSandra McCracken
Gravity|Love; 2006
Towhee Records

My Rating: 80/100

A road record for the endless highway…

Sandra McCracken has built herself a reputation as the thoughtful girl-next-door, and her fourth album, GRAVITY|LOVE, is her strongest offering to date. Folky songwriters can often miss the point when it comes to concept, but Sandra gets it right here, crafting eleven cohesive tracks centered around Love as Gravity as Love. Not that she ever gets cerebral about it, but these lovely tracks speak to the deepest of human longings. Yet the greatest strength of this record is that she casts it as a road record, every track seeming custom made for hitting the open highway in search of God knows what. From the joyous opener “Head Over Heel” to the sad-eyed “Portadown Station”, this is a record more about departures than arrivals, especially given the brilliant tribute to George Harrison, “Goodbye George.” Like U2, you get the impression that although Sandra knows what she’s looking for, she still hasn’t found it. That’s okay – being along for the ride will do.

Cohesion (4.5/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Consistency (4/5)

Tracks:

1. Head Over Heel (5/5)
2. Long Way Home (4/5)
3. Goodbye George (5/5)
4. Gravity (4/5)
5. Traincar (5/5)
6. Portadown Station (4.5/5)
7. Doubt (3.5/5)
8. Broken Cup (4/5)
9. Shelter (4/5)
10. Chattanooga (5/5)
11. All the Miles (4/5)

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