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I've Got My Own Hell To Raise.

In the cover notes, Bettye LaVette says, "If you write a story, I can make it a stronger story. But I rarely think of a story I ever want to write myself."

Her album, I've Got My Own Hell To Raise, is a cover album. Fiona Apple, Dolly Parton, Joan Armatrading, and Lucinda Williams are just some of the female vocalists that she covers on the album but, as was noted many times by people listening to it, LaVette has reinvented each song and they are, each, different from the original. The result is a sparse, intense, soul and blues driven album that even the musically luddite amongst us are able to connect with. Before I left I had a link to the amazon free track The High Road which I still think you all should go out and download, and buy the album.

This is really a superb album. It's the kind of album that you don't download and burn for you friends, but rather that you buy copies, and give it to them. It's that kind of album.

Here's the Amazon link for track samples and an mp3.

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