Thursday, April 28, 2011
As a follow up to 2009's Rockwell, Heavy Meadow maintains and perhaps even expands Rossi's use of quirky eccentricities as she shifts further into a lightly synthesized production. Every song operates with a soft, seemingly unassuming rhythm. The effect is very pleasant, yet as a whole, the album does not explore much progression among the eleven tracks. It favors simplicity, but perhaps too much so. While the tunes are all digested quite easily, the completed result suffers the threat of becoming lost within a blur of eccentricities that make it difficult to pinpoint the finer moments. The album is certainly packed with charm, but the focused direction may hinder Rossi's ability to expand her audience. It is doubtful, however, that this was her aim; therefore, in terms of achieving a specific sonic expression, she certainly has found a unique voice.