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Oh Susanna - Sleepy Little Sailor: Album re-release review

Americana singer-songwriter Oh Susanna re-releases her critically acclaimed album Sleepy Little Sailor in a new deluxe edition on September 4.

The album will be available on CD, digital and, for the first time, on vinyl, featuring the original 11 songs, plus acoustic recordings of five of the songs, including the title track.

Upon the first listen of this album I immediately thought of the singer Jewel.

Singer-songwriter Oh Susanna.
Singer-songwriter Oh Susanna.

Suzie Ungerleider, who began performing under the name Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, has also drawn comparisons with other artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Gillian Welch and Neko Case.

Her voice has been described as ‘gloriously emotive and crystalline’; her music folk-noir balladry with a contemporary feel.

Sleepy Little Sailor brought her considerable critical acclaim in the UK in 2001. It also includes her own heartfelt country-soul version of Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Got Dreams to Remember’.

Other compelling tracks on the album tell of obsessive love and loss such as ‘Forever at Your Feet,’ ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Beauty Boy’ and ‘River Blue’ or the country music inspired ‘Ted’s So Wasted.’

It’s a stunning album.

Zoe Myall

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