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Johanna Warren Chaotic Good

It may surprise you to know that Johanna Warren has been releasing albums in one guise or another for over a decade, starting out in indie folk band Stickups, which she founded, before graduating to life as a solo artist.

Released: 1 May 2020
Chaotic Good

It may surprise you to know that Johanna Warren has been releasing albums in one guise or another for over a decade, starting out in indie folk band Stickups, which she founded, before graduating to life as a solo artist. The American singer-songwriter has honed her craft over the years, finally receiving some of the recognition she deserved for her last album, Gemini II. While the talent and musicianship has always been there, on her new album she finally hits the sweet spot. Chaotic Good has the potential to propel her into new and exciting realms.

Chaotic Good demonstrates a musical evolution of sorts. While there are still elements of her previous work, harking all the way back to her college days, there's a concerted sea change. While 'Twisted' exorcises the ghosts of those formative alt-psych days, bristling with raw energy, the rich and exquisite 'Only The Truth' has a timeless quality. In contrast, opening track 'Rose Potion' submerges itself in more folk-driven elements. A lullaby in sweet refrain.

Johanna Warren has blossomed over the years and you can hear echoes of Tori Amos, Natalie Merchant and Lucinda Williams in the way she deftly constructs her songs. Chaotic Good is a wonderful collection of vibrant, fresh and eclectic songwriting. It marks a turning point in her career - a departure from the past, as she strikes out in new and exciting directions. It's a breathtakingly assured, strikingly bold and enchantingly beautiful album.

Slightly chaotic yet marvellously good.