“Blackbirds” review – Uncut

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9/10
Wonderful study of aging by great country singer

Peters, one of Nashville’s greatest talents of the past two decades, returns after 2012’s majestic Hello Cruel World with her voice a little less steady but just as steely, and still equipped with the ability to stop clocks with a well-turned phrase. Death, aging and disease are the themes that drive Peters in this moving sequence, with devastating effect on “The Cure For The Pain” and the mournful but proud “Everything Falls Away”. This is a melancholic album, but a determined, thoughtful one, writing tough songs from a woman’s perspective and featuring contributions from Jason Isbell, Will Kimbrough and Jimmy LaFave.
-Peter Watts