If you hear the genre ‘folk’ and immediately grimace, then 2007 could be the year your reaction changes. Pieta Brown’s brand of folk was inspired by a rustic childhood in Iowa and Alabama – she grew up with no electricity or running water in the house as the daughter of two-time Grammy nominee Greg Brown.
This pared-down upbringing is reflected in her simple song construction, with a soft voice that pits her somewhere between Nerina Pallot and KT Tunstall. Remember The Sun (her third album – the first two weren’t successful) contains eight good tracks out of eleven and wouldn’t be out of place as the soundtrack to something like Erin Brockovich.
There’s certainly something for everyone - feisty romps in the form of ‘Rollin’ Down The Track’ and ‘Song For A Friend’ and ballads ‘Are You Free’ and ‘Innocent Blue’, the latter the album’s highlight. Every man and his dog seems to be farming-out a socially aware track these days, but Brown’s perfect lyrics “Peace on earth, where’d you go, so many knocking at your door”, sit a little better on the ear than any of Bono’s recent efforts. Hear her for yourself when Brown makes her Glastonbury debut later this month.