I made a note near the beginning of listening to Lillie Mae’s new album, Forever and Then Some, that I wondered if the dominant way in which her voice was recorded over the music was “intimate” or “amateurish.” By the time I got near the end of Track 2, though, I was more strongly wondering, based on the rawness of the recording and the advanced country specialties of the band, if the album had been recorded in Nashville … at Third Man Records … And yes, it had. At that point wondering and objectivity went out the window replaced simply by wonderment (I have a pretty big man-crush on Jack White). I no longer cared about qualitative discussions like “intimate vs amateurish” and I was all primed to fall in love with Track 3, "Wash Me Clean," as it made its appearance.
I won’t say your response will be true love, but I will say, “Go. Listen to this album. Check out ACPL’s physical disc, borrow it through Hoopla, give Track 3 a chance to fell you with its earnestness.” Also, try the Title Track. Can’t currently exorcise it from my brain.
Suggested Use: One of these days I’m going to start learning to knit and this album will be on rotation. A little Tennessee whiskey, a summer breeze, and Forever and Then Some should go a long way to fortifying the patience needed to develop the muscle memory for creating consistently sized stitches. On the chance I never learn to knit, though, I can still listen to this album and pull more of the ever-present weeds in my flower garden. Earthy, intimate, and ready to bloom … Thank you, Lillie, for this metaphor, but lest I verge on kidding myself, let me reaffirm: It’s Jack White I love.