Hilary Scott - Freight Train Love
Hilary Scott might well be the most experienced American artist you’ve never heard of. Having released a whole load of music over the last ten or so years, it’s only now that the singer-songwriter is starting to find a space for herself in the crowded roots market. Moving on from her previously country-influenced sound, new album Freight Train Love is a collage of sorts; individually, the material is solid, sometimes excellent, but the mixing of varying styles of American music leaves a slightly disjointed whole.
All those different influences means it's a challenge for Scott to find focus. Freight Train Love floats along and pleases rather than digging in and grounding itself. Still, her substantial voice fills the soulful title track with depth; soft rock grooves envelope ‘Help’ and gospel vibes power ‘Diamonds’. An Americana edge is represented by the lovely ‘Flowers On Mars’ and slow blues gets a look in on ‘Whiskey Bottle Dry’. With a majority of the tracks self-penned, you sense that even now she’s still trying to nail who she is as an artist. Never a chore, and always more than pleasant, Scott's latest effort is comendable, yet a touch more focus would get her really on the right track.