Dara Tucker’s voice is like warm caramel, sweet and soulful. It’s a voice that would feel right at home at Motown circa 1966 or in a touring production of Dreamgirls. Three years have passed since Tucker’s last disc, and she’s spent much of that time writing the material that fills The Sun Season. The overall effect is like sitting aside a babbling brook-slow, peaceful and mesmeric. The overarching theme is romantic optimism, sometimes budding, sometimes satisfied, sometimes euphoric. The mood, as the title suggests, remains almost invariably sunny, though hazily so.
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