Love & Thirst
The CD features her songwriting and voice on center stage, and she contributes 11 new original songs to the 60-minute album, with one traditional song and one cover. Andersen arranged and produced the songs on the album, and has taken command of her art with a strong and steady hand, forging an unmistakable musical presence and an immediately recognizable sound. Andersen has harnessed Boston's formidable rhythm section of Dave Mattacks (drums & percussion) and John Troy (bass) to help her deliver this powerful set of songs. Mattacks is known for his work with Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson & Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Troy, a founding member of the legendary Poussette-Dart Band has been a well-known figure in the New England music scene for many years. They provide a rock-solid but understated rhythm section. Also contributing on the CD are Duke Levine (guitars & mandola), Bruce Derr (pedal steel), Rick Watson (piano), Pete Huttlinger (guitar) and Harvey Reid (guitar) plus a rare lap steel performance. Andersen's confident vocals and sophisticated songs are the central focus of Love & Thirst, though she also shines with her stellar fiddle playing and her increasingly confident guitar work. She shows no signs of slowing the pace of her growth as a solo artist after years of recording sessions and side-gal work, and the lyrical and musical depth of her new material signal that she is a mature and grounded artist with a broad vision and a prolific pen. Joyce Andersen fans will find more of her trademark sound here, though she is obviously gaining momentum, with more energy and confidence than ever. "Love & Thirst" is sure to win her many new converts, with it's crisp, clean, sparse and powerful sound, carrying her passionate message like a flag. Her upbeat but thoughtful songs like "Thirsty Girl" and "Misled" are catchy enough to be pop hits, yet her peace anthem "Filled With Love" and her moving cover of Eric Andersen's anti-war epic "For What Was Gained" are powerful enough for any coffeehouse audience.