Album Review: Amy Klein – Fire

Chelsea Conte June 15, 2016 New Music, Reviews No Comments

Amy Klein

Photo Credit: Noe Kidder

Amy Klein is on fire. The New Jersey native is opting for something new with the release of her debut solo record, Fire, out now via Don Giovanni Records.

The album encompasses Klein’s knack for poetry and songwriting balanced out by warm lush melodies and loud guitars. The collection of songs melds together so sinfully it feels like eating a slice of warm apple pie.

Klein has been many things in life. She was an integral part of New Jersey punk band Titus Andronicus, and later formed indie bands Leda and Hilly Eye, becoming a prominent figure in music. On Fire Klein embraces her roots and love for poetry by creating a refreshing folk landscape with dynamic guitar work and weirdly wonderful strings. Her approach to songwriting makes each track superbly easy to get caught up in.

On the title track, the lyrics are so poetically arranged, encased with glistening guitar and beautiful strings. She even has a little fun giving a nod to Don Henley “Remember how it made me crazy?/ Remember how it felt like a dream?”

“Twenty-Seven” plays on questioning yourself and the world around you, “Is this what it is to be loved? /Is this what it is to be adored? /Is this to know how the world works? /Is this what it is to have power?”

The single, “American City,” is a beautiful folk song structured around dreams and what it is to be alive and how to not give up on yourself, “So you can let me down/ But I’m never gonna let myself down/And you can try to push me around/ But I’m never going to bring myself down.” Klein’s vocal delivery ranges from being inviting and soothing to being raw and visceral especially on “You are the One.”

Fire proves that Klein is vested in “punk prose” making a huge mark in the indie folk world. Being a singer/songwriter is something that seems to come naturally to her and her record plays beautifully. This album is something to be savored.

Come celebrate Klein’s record release show at the Silent Barn in NYC on June 23rd. You can listen to a track off her album Fire below.

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Chelsea Conte is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communication. She's a freelance writer based in New Jersey who enjoys running, making bad puns and eating macaroni and cheese. Follow her @chelseaconte

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