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CD Review: Tristan Prettyman

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The Deal: California gal Tristan Prettyman releases her second full-length album, a follow-up to 2005's twentythree.

The Good: From the album's first track "Hello," Prettyman exposes her acoustic melodies with a twang of pop and a heavy mixture of country, blues and folk. She also does this on "California Girl," "Handshake Agreement," "You Got Me" and more. But this isn't the albums overall feel. The second track on the album, "Echo," changes into a jazz-pop craft and the album's catchy first single, "Madly Madly," is gleefully streaming with guitar, piano and drum beats. Other highlights include the gloomy "Don't Work Yourself Up," "Interview with Who" – a track that starts out seeming to be acoustic, but later pops into tribal drums and electric guitar spasms – and the ending track, "In Bloom," a slower piano-jazz song. Prettyman's voice is soulful and full of jazzy measures. Vocally, she could at times be compared to Sara Bareilles and the elemental style of her music seems to make her the girl version of indie/folk singer Matt Costa.

The Bad: If you don't like to hear a lot of songs about love, heartache and personal renewal this might not be the album for you. Prettyman explores these feelings and experiences, but she makes the album a balance of positive and negative reflections.

The Verdict: Prettyman has got it going on with this album. She gets deeply personal with her emotions intact, her hopes scattered and her thoughts embracing.

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