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Cheri Knight

The Knitter – 1996 (East Side Digital)

Reviewed by Don Yates

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Knight's album is discernibly different from her work with the Blood Oranges where she played bass and sometimes sang and wrote. While there are a few quiet ballads, the album also features a loud and crunchy approach to roots music reminiscent of Neil Young's more electric work. Songs like the title song and "Megalith" wouldn't sound out of place on Young albums like "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," "Zuma," or even "Ragged Glory." From the acoustic mournful ballad, "Last Barn Dance" to the country-flavored breakup song, "Down By The Water," Knight more than demonstrates with her consistently strong songwriting why she needed to record her own album. While some Oranges' fans may mourn the loss of the band, the group's breakup has allowed the principals in the band to follow their own visions, and fans of alternative country are the richer for it.