Review: Lori McKenna's 'The Bird & the Rifle' Is Vintage Storytelling

Review: Lori McKenna's 'The Bird & the Rifle' Is Vintage Storytelling

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Credit: Becky Fluke

Lori McKenna's writing credits include some of country's most emotionally fine-tuned songs: See Brandy Clark's "Three Kids No Husband." But her roots lie in the Massachusetts folk scene, and her own records bypass Music Row for more interesting places. Here, the sound conjures the Seventies singer-songwriter heyday, and McKenna's storytelling is indelible. From the drive-of-shame narrative of "Halfway Home" to the trapped kids of "We Were Cool" listening to "'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on tape cassette," these songs wear their regrets proudly.

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