CD reviews: Tami Neilson

Following up her excellent 2014 album, Dynamite!, Tami Neilson digs deep into her emotional core and arrives at possibly her strongest release yet.

Recorded less than two months after the death of her father earlier this year, Don't Be Afraid is both defiant and vulnerable as the singer jumps off a bus somewhere between Memphis and Detroit and powers into a soul-filled set.

And though grief can be found in the wide spaces between notes, in the reverberating clang of electric guitar and pedal steel, there is plenty of joy, too.

• Tami Neilson. Don't Be Afraid. Neilson Records. 

Four  and a half stars (out of five)

Single download: Bury My Body
For those who like: Mavis Staples meets Patsy Cline

- Shane Gilchrist

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