Mercy Now (2005) On the cinematic opener of Mercy Now , her fourth CD, Mary Gauthier (it's pronounced Go-SHAY) uses a tawdry ghost-town hotel as a metaphor for… 2005-02-15 Mary Gauthier
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Mercy Now (2005)

Details Release Date: Feb 15, 2005; Lead Performance: Mary Gauthier

On the cinematic opener of Mercy Now, her fourth CD, Mary Gauthier (it's pronounced Go-SHAY) uses a tawdry ghost-town hotel as a metaphor for an unraveling relationship. As a steel guitar howls and birds of prey circle, ''casting vulture shadows on barren beds,'' it's clear that Americana is not a sepia-toned romantic notion for this singer-songwriter. Her song portraits are stark and brutal. The beauty of Gauthier's country noir lies in the humanity of her characters, and in the sweet yearning of her gruff Louisiana drawl.

Originally posted Feb 07, 2005 Published in issue #806 Feb 11, 2005 Order article reprints