She rocks like Debbie Harry, shares k.d. lang’s skill at torch-lighting and can slip into a folk-jazz groove with Norah Jones ease. She is Erin McKeown, and hers is a meaty musical stew, peppered with rockabilly vigor, campy verve and the occasional hint of Cajun spice. McKeown’s longest standing fans-those who date back to her self-produced debut Monday Morning Cold-likely know her as primarily a folk-driven singer-songwriter whose versatility extends to guitar, banjo, piano and mandolin. Newer admirers, particularly those who discovered her via 2005’s soaring We Will Become Like Birds, probably consider her more rock-oriented. With Sing You Sinners she proves herself both, and considerably more, demonstrating a perspicacious appreciation for jazz and swing.
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