Title: Carrying Lightning
Genre: Pop Rock
Review: "When you need a train, it never comes," Amanda Shires sighs on her third album, and the punch line is that she's tied to the tracks. Shires might be a pretty-voiced cowgirl fiddler, but she's also from Lubbock, Texas -- Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore country -- a place where surreal fatalism flows in the water.
Last seen backing up Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong, Shires sings more like an earthbound Emmylou Harris. She composes folksy, matter-of-fact shuffles about love's downside, then comes back for more.
Tracklist: 1 Swimmer...; 2 Ghost Bird; 3 When You Need A Train It Never Comes; 4 She Let Go Of Her Kite; 5 Love Be A Bird; 6 Shake The Walls; 7 Detroit Or Buffalo; 8 Sloe Gin; 9 Kudzu; 10 Bees In The Shed; 11 Lovesick I Remain; 12 Swimmer... Dreams Don't Keep (Outro).