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Wonky Tonk - Stuff We Leave Behind

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Jasmine Lorraine Poole, who goes by the stage name Wonky Tonk, called her full-length Stuff We Leave Behind, and the album's song titles are most often names of places - whether these are countries, cities or streets. Although Wonky Tonk oftentimes bathes her songs in traditional country music instrumentation, she contrasts these straight forward sounds with a sometimes sarcastic lyrical approach. In fact, she sounds truly beat when she sings, "Love makes me weary" during "Parkland Avenue." She follows these words up with, "Love's finally found me, with all its ups and downs," over a loping, honky-tonk groove.

"Saffin Avenue," however, sounds more like a cow punk rave than anything found on some 'lost in time' tavern jukebox. It features Wonky Tonk singing over an aggressively strummed electric guitar, matched to some bluegrass-y acoustic guitar. "One for the Juke" mixes together a little of both - both Wonky Tonk's country side, and a bit more of a modern rocker personality - as it applies the old Nirvana trick of alternating between soft and loud musical passages.

Wonky Tonk's Stuff We Leave Behind is a travelogue that will leave you feeling a little dizzy, but still happy you made the trek.

Wonky Tonk - Stuff We Leave Behind
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