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Davina and The Vagabonds, Sunshine CD
Recorded in exquisite analog sound, Sunshine is a bold statement from a songwriter and band that draws from the last 100 years of American music and sounds truly original. Through the 11 songs (and one bonus track), many facets of the group are represented: there is the unmitigated optimism of the title track and "Flow," and the irrepressible New Orleans second-line groove of "Red Shoes." "You Better Start Praying" sounds as if it came from The Band's Last Waltz album sessions, and "Away from Me" is soul balladry at its most heartbreaking. "Fizzle Out" is an achingly beautiful pop tune, and "I Really Try to Be Good" is a hypnotic minor-key rumba. The relaxed swing of "Throw It to the Wolves for Love" is a nod to Fats Waller, and then the band covers the immortal Fats, himself, with a glorious take of his "You Must be Losing Your Mind." Besides the Waller tune, DATV has added two additional covers that have also become fan favorites, done Vagabond style. Included is the blues tune, "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water," (inspired by Aretha Franklin's version); and Davina plays a sublime solo version of Patty Griffin's "Heavenly Day." The album closes with the bonus track, an updated version of Davina Sowers' "Under Lock and Key," the title track from DATV's 2007 album (now out of print).