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With honesty, conviction, and a touch of grace, Lori McKenna dissects real-life love and sorrow on her sixth album, Massachusetts. The same sort of kitchen-table poetry and concise melodic flow that’s earned her covers by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are in evidence in these tracks, produced with a clean folk-rock edge by Mark Erelli. McKenna stays true to her core strengths here, whether she’s painting affectionate portraits of marriage (“Better with Time,” “How Romantic Is That?”), saying farewell to children leaving the nest (“My Love Follows Where You Go,” “Grown Up Now”), or lamenting a deeply felt loss (“Susanna”). Both her toughness and vulnerability come through in the angry “Salt” and the aching “Make Every Word Hurt.” Moving beyond the personal, she mourns a vanishing community in the finely detailed “Smaller and Smaller.” Banjos and fiddles highlight her links with modern country, though she favors biting electric guitars and rock rhythms on some tracks. McKenna’s sturdy vocals—as resolute and bittersweet as her music—bring out the plainspoken wisdom that runs through these unflinching, compassionate songs.

Customer Reviews

Best therapy money can buy

I've never known an artist that can rip your heart out of your chest repair it and put it back in. Her lyrics and music are the best therapy money can buy. Thank you!

Please come to ohio Lori!

i just erased a bunch of words that i wanted everyone that may click this section to read about these songs and this singer song writer, but instead i'm just going to go with: Thank You Ms Mckenna!

Worth Every Penny

Lori McKenna is such a fabulous songwriter. Every song touches your heart in ways you never thought possible. Also, I love that this album isn't overproduced. You can hear every ounce of emotion in Lori's voice, and it makes the songs even more touching and real. This CD makes me have faith in music again… definitely worth the money!


Born: December, 1968 in Stoughton, MA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time her songwriting career took off in 2005, Boston native Lori McKenna had already released four strong independent albums of her own. McKenna was raised in a musical family and wrote her first songs as a teenager, though it wasn't until her late twenties that she began performing on Boston's folk circuit. After releasing her debut, Paper Wings and Halo, in 2000, she signed with indie Signature Sounds and released three more albums over the next four years, including 2004's acclaimed Bittertown....
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