11 Songs, 35 Minutes


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Outstanding Follow-Up to War Surplus

After a compelling, partially autobiographical (or at least self-informed) song cycle about an Iraq war vet, his soul mate, and the toll that soldiering takes on both of them, Becky Warren returns with another sit-up-and-take-notice release, This time out, the inspiration for her songs are the homeless or formerly homeless people who sell a paper called The Contributor in her adopted homebase of Nashville. Writing from the perspective of 11 such vendors, Warren again displays her knack for story telling and for coming up with the perfect, vivid detail. How's this for right out of the gate on the album-opening "We're All We Got": "At home they pass Christmas Day by killing something wild/And mark the years by where they stripped the soil away"? Pair the sketches with memorable rock that's both rootsy and soulful, and you have another winner.