Album Review of
The Outsider
Ma Polaine's Great Decline

Written by Duane Verh
April 7, 2018 - 12:00am EDT
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The pairing of Beth Packer’s enchanting, instantly distinctive vocal style and the always sparing accompaniment, never much more than partner Clinton Hough’s ideally suited guitar atmospherics, make for a most original appropriation of blues, jazz and other things- and one compelling and unique musical presence.  Ms. Packer’s lyric sets, frequently dark but not always so, lie in wait, providing a second wave of seduction.  Standout tracks on a fascinating set overall include “Carousel”, “Monster Swan Blues” and “Gonna Be Rain”.