by Janet Goodman
Being compared by critics to Lucinda Williams and making the CMA CloseUp Magazine’s “Who New To Watch in 2013” list have got to be hard to live up to, but Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos do just that with their debut album, “No Regrets.” This Tree O Records release features ten tracks, nine of which Boston singer/songwriter and Berklee alum Juliet Simmons Dinallo has a hand in penning. Produced by bandmate / husband Mike Dinallo, along with Ducky Carlisle (aka The Tremolo Twins), the band covers the full spectrum of Americana, from pop to folk rock to alt. country.
Looking back on a relationship in “Wishing Well,” Juliet writes, “Horse ride on a carousel/Tossing hope in the wishing well/Skimming stones and broken bones/How I felt so all alone.” When singing about her late father in “Unkindest Cut,” she tells us “One day the madness came and took him away,” but her uptempo melody shows no hint of bitterness. She’s a confident rocker on“Narcissus” and can bring a pop song around on the title track, but the world seems to stop for three minutes or so when this artist sings a waltz. The waltz is in her wheelhouse, and JLR offers three of them on this record. Juliet’s upper register is luminous on “Song For You,” and she has just the right amount of strength and ache on her Emmylou Harris-inspired one, “Faded Highway.”
The final track here is her finest moment – the waltz “Learn to Love Again” – where she must dip into someplace deep for such longing in her performance. Not since Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” has ¾-time deserved a spot back on contemporary radio playlists.
Visit the artist’s website at www.julietandthelonesomeromeos.com
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