Album review: Nina Nastasia - 'Outlaster' (Fatcat)
Don't be fooled, she's more raptor than songbird
Of all the female singer-songwriters around today, [a]Nina Nastasia[/a] is perhaps the most deceptive. To the casual observer her crystalline vocals and sparse guitar arrangements may seem if not Newsom-ly elfin, at least a bit cutesy. What her sixth album reminds us of is that there is a darker heart beating beneath her delicate surfaces. Backed by a forlorn mini-orchestra and recorded by famed caustic noisenik and [a]Shellac[/a] man Steve Albini, Nastasia opts for her plushest, lushest sound yet, one that delves into doomed romances ([b]‘This Familiar Way’[/b]) and the unknown ([b]‘Outlaster’[/b]). As such, it’s one of her most eerily accomplished works to date.