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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Auburn - Mixed Feelings


Auburn - Mixed Feelings (CD, Rat Country, Progressive pop)
The first thing that most folks will notice about the British band Auburn are those unmistakable vocals. Chief songwriter/vocalist Liz Lenton has a voice that can't be confused with anyone else. Her strange quivering vocals aren't like anyone else. She's been compared to a variety of other artists including Bonnie Raitt, Billie Holiday, Ricki Lee Jones, Amy Winehouse, Kate Bush, and Janis Joplin. After the band's initial splash, in the early twenty-first century they split...and spent almost a decade without performing or recording. During that time Lenton was concentrating on her new role being a mother. But eventually the urge to create and make music prompted the group to reform in 2011. Since then they've received a great deal of positive support. The band received a huge break when they were chosen to open for Jefferson Starship on their 40th anniversary tour. Just as was the case with their last album (Nashville), the folks in Auburn returned to Nashville to record Mixed Feelings with producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz. These twelve bluesy tracks are nice and solid and have a decidedly American sound...so it's probably appropriate that the band is choosing to record in the U.S. Nice captivating tracks include "Mixed Feelings," "Hell Hath No Fury," "Out There," "Crystal Stairs," and "Feel the Sun."

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Liz Lenten formed AUBURN in the summer of 1999. Their first gig was at the jam-packed launch party of Scarlet Records held at the salubrious and smoky Madame JoJo’s in Soho to 

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