Michelle Shocked has explored solo rawness onTexas Campfire Tapes
, has bounced big-band style onCaptain Swing
, and has even had a song used in a Kaiser Permanente ad for osteoporosis. After a legal battle with Mercury Records, which had her signed to a ten-year contract, she wrested control of her own material, and in 2002 founded her own label, Mighty Sound. Shocked's new album,
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, is her first since a triptych of releases in 2005 (which included a disc of Disney covers) and marks a return to the soul-inspired folk-rock ofShort Sharp Shocked
, the album which made her name nearly two decades ago. The wildly divergent sounds Shocked brings to play should make for a promising and surprising performance that'll draw everyone from your parents to college-radio DJs.