Album Review: Becky Schlegel – Dandelion

Ken Morton, Jr. | April 19th, 2010

becky-shlegel-dandelionImagine giving Jewel some meaningful songs to sing, surrounding her with some of Nashville’s best acoustic musicians and then letting her cut loose on a bluegrass tangent. That just might be comparable to Becky Schlegel’s terrific new album Dandelion. Schlegel’s voice flitters and floats like a dandelion on a breeze. Her vocals can hush to a whisper at times and then fly up into a falsetto–sometimes in the same line. Combined with extremely strong acoustic bluegrass(ish) musicianship from the likes of Randy Kohrs’ poignant resonator guitar work, it’s darned near perfect.

“So Embarrassing” tells the tale of an ex coming back to her former home a week after break-up, only to find her once-lover already with another woman. It’s emotional, heart-wrenching and beautiful all at the same time. Likewise, “When it Rains” weaves lust, loneliness, sexual fulfillment and pity together in a brilliantly written track about a waitress and her “sometimes” trucker lover. “Reunion” follows the script of a modern day “Same Old Lang Syne,” with two high school loves making good on a twenty-years-after-graduation promise to meet if they hadn’t found another–but not before making us feel the anticipation and trepidation that he might not show. This album makes up one of my favorites of the year so far.

4.5 Stars

  1. 1953
    April 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    have you ever really heard Jewel sing? it is painful.

  2. Jon
    April 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Well, Becky’s singing certainly isn’t painful. Nice to see her getting shown a little love here, and the album is great.

  3. Rick
    April 19, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I won a copy of Becky’s previous album and the lack of vocal dynamics put me to sleep. She has a soft sweet voice that always sounds soft and sweet on every single song! Was Becky raised in a household where no one ever spoke above a whisper? Becky’s singing voice dial knob is seemingly stuck on the “delicate/soft/wispy/etc” position.

    In some ways Becky’s voice reminds me of Alison Krauss except that Alison can really step it up when the song calls for it, such as on “Shimmy Down The Chimney”. Becky should do exercises to increase her lung capacity and give it a try! Sheesh!

  4. Josh
    April 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Once again the Rick-o-nater must filter his crap onto others. Thx again Rick…

  5. JOYCE BELL
    March 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    BECKY HAS THE SMOOTHEST VOICE I’VE EVER HEARD.BECKY YOU ARE MY FAVORITE EVER. KEEP IT UP.I NEVER MISS YOU ON MID WEST COUNTRY

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