Ethan Smith
April 26, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Blackened Air

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Nina Nastasia
Producers
Touch and Go

We gave it an A-

Imagine Chan Marshall, the matte-finished chanteuse behind Cat Power, had contributed songs to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and invited John Cale to throw in viola squalls for good measure. The result might sound like this New Yorker’s remarkable second disc—a fresher, less affected effort than virtually anything from trad- country revivalists like Gillian Welch.

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