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  • Peter Chianca: Correia tough but sensitive on ‘You Go Your Way’

  • Two things sorely lacking from modern popular music are depth and wit (sorry, Katy Perry), so if you happen to be someone who relishes that particular combination, Amy Correia’s “You Go Your Way” is something of a wonder to behold.

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  • Two things sorely lacking from modern popular music are depth and wit (sorry, Katy Perry), so if you happen to be someone who relishes that particular combination, Amy Correia’s “You Go Your Way” is something of a wonder to behold.
    In turns biting, buoyant and even whimsical, it radiates with an aura of diverse influences and a musical self-assuredness that belies the Massachusetts native’s skeptical, questioning lyrics.
    Those influences include any number of tough-on-the-outside female vocalists, Correia’s crisp rasp recalling the likes of Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. But in the end, her rootsy, swampy, world-weary delivery, full of confident, bluesy strumming, sumptuous strings and searing background harmonies, is indelibly hers — and utterly appealing.
    It’s also character driven: The voices on “You Go Your Way” vary from the jaded single woman of the wry “Powder Blue Trans Am” — who declares, “I could make love to any one of you in here, I’m just not sure I’d have much fun” — to the young boy whose father goes off to war in the heartbreaking “Took Him Away.” “Oh Lord” is a convincing paean to “trying to get to heaven” and not having much success, and “City Girl” should be required listening for every 20-something living in a studio apartment and wondering how she got there.
    A few tracks, like the moody “Rock, Tree, River,” meander a bit, but for the most part “You Go Your Way” cuts straight to the heart. And Correia’s lyrics are relatable but endearingly off-kilter, right from the get go: On the album-opening title track she compares a failed love affair to “a funeral director making up the dead,” saying that “this thing’s preparing us for something, we just don’t know what that is.”
    In a much more positive way, the same could be said for how that song prepares you for the rest of the album — you don’t yet know what you’re in for, but in the end you’ll be glad you went along for the ride.
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