Virginia native Dori Freeman came to some kind of prominence in 2016 with the sterling reviews of her self-titled, including in Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Well just about 18 months later she returns with her follow-up, Letters Never Read. It’s a natural evolution, possibly slightly more accessible for radio play than her debut. But having been brought up in Appalachia her roots are evident throughout every track.
The short snappy ‘Lovers On The Run’ is terrific, the marching band beat accentuated with Freeman’s beautiful, delicate voice, and a melody that thrills. The 26-year-olds voice and songwriting shines on every track, the rhythmic riff of ‘Bright Lights’, Appalachian harmonies of ‘Cold Waves’, her unique sparse take on Jim Reeves ‘Yonder Comes A Sucker’, the amazing, totally acapella ‘Em and Zorry’s Sneakin’ Bitin’ Dog’ there’s no wasted song.
In short, give Letters Never Read a listen, it’s well worth your time.