Toni Price – Born To Be Blue

Here’s an excerpt from AllMusic Review by Hal Horowitz

Regardless of its title, Born to Be Blue is less a blues album than a jazz, country, Texas swing, folk, and/or bluegrass one. In fact, Toni Price combines these genres so seamlessly that each track generally incorporates at least a few styles. This is Price’s most diverse and laid-back release, with its easygoing vibe reinforced by the singer occasionally calling out cues for musicians to solo. Her soulful voice is stunning in its comfy, lazy groove. Although she can belt out songs — as witnessed on previous releases — that’s not the approach favored here. She caresses and cradles these tunes, never rushing or infusing false emotions. The listener is swept up in the predominantly acoustic, sparse accompaniment, which allows Price’s supple voice room to float around the lithe melodies. It adds up to 45 minutes of magnificent, lovingly performed low-key music that seems to be made without regard for commercial considerations.

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AllMusic Review – Born To Be Blue by Hal Horowitz