Picks and Pans Review: White Lines
updated 06/02/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/02/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Not every violinist gets to play backup for Bruce Springsteen, as Soozie Tyrell has been doing on the Boss's current world tour to back The Rising. The fiddler-singer steps up front on her plucky solo effort with a little help from Springsteen, who plays guitar on the light-rocking title track (which also features his wife, E Streeter Patti Scialfa, on background vocals). Springsteen's influence is also evident in Tyrell's songwriting, which ranges from energetic rockers ("Wild Ones") to shamelessly emotional ballads ("Ste. Genevieve"). Judging from the banality of some of her material, Tyrell could have benefited from a Springsteen composition or two. As a singer, though, Tyrell's chops are hardly in question. She possesses a penetrating, pitch-perfect blues-rock voice that nicely complements her skilled string work.
BOTTOM LINE: A noteworthy debut