album reviews

Judith Owen
Lost and Found
Century of Progress
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With her latest effort, Judith Owen calls in a few favors from musician friends Cassandra Wilson (whose sultry voice accompanies Owen on "Enough") and Tom Scott (whose saxophone ever-so-faintly accents "Sky High"). Lost And Found is classic Owen: sparse instrumentation allows her to focus on her vocal quivers and expressive lyrics. Her laid-back coffee-shop take on "Smoke on the Water" is blissfully free of classic rock's most grating riff, and she lingers through a soul-bearing delivery of the jazz standard "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)." But "Train Out of Hollywood" spotlights her most striking quality—those tender vocals.

-Catherine P. Lewis

.: Originally published: Paste Issue 15: April/May 2005
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