Together Amsel, Klein, McKeown and Polenzani don't break any new ground, but they nicely build on the terrain graded by obvious influences such as Joni Mitchell and Dar Williams. At once edgy and vulnerable, empowering and fragile, the music of Voices on the Verge ranges from McKeown's sly paeans to cocaine and cowboys to Klein's and Amsel's more ethereal fare. Maybe now, with the Rykodisc release of a Voices live show and a national tour, these voices are finally on the verge of something big.
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