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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell: Love Has Come for You

The collaboration between Steve Martin and Edie Brickell has yielded “a sweet-sounding album with subtle depths.”

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All unexpected collaborations should feel this effortless, said Preston Jones in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “A banjo-plucking comedian” joining forces with “one of alt-rock’s most beloved voices”? The concept sounds like a potential train wreck but instead turns out to be “a lovely, understated, and quietly quirky meeting of the musical minds.” Steve Martin isn’t just a world-famous comedian, of course, said Steve Leggett in AllMusic.com. He’s an accomplished banjo player with two Grammys to his name. Better yet, he composes on his five-string, producing “gracefully easy” melodies for which Edie Brickell has supplied lyrics written in a “whimsical and artfully open-aired narrative style.” Her singing here sounds “relaxed and unpressured, just like Martin’s easy-rolling banjo lines.” The result is “a sweet-sounding album with subtle depths”—a gentle folk album “that grows more graceful and revealing with each listen.”

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