Johanna Warren: Chaotic Good (album review by Christa V.)

Warren’s songs clearly contain folk and pop influences, with lots of poetic lyrics, haunting vocals, and explicit emotions. This is best heard in “Twisted,” as her pain is practically palpable in her singing. Often tracks consist of her voice with either guitar or piano accompanying. It is rather sparse, but it works so well for her sound. Track 4, “Bed of Nails,” has a really interesting backing track that creates a unique sound and mood. It ends with a repetitive section that consists of an incredibly haunting build; I think that’s the best part of the album. Track 10, “Bones of Abandoned Futures,” is also incredible. It features swirling piano and vocals, and a lot of aspects Warren can pull off really well are highlighted and combined here. Favorite tracks: 1, 4, 10

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