Black Music Matters Festival

Rhiannon Giddens

Tomorrow is My Turn – 2015 (Nonesuch)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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Rhiannon Giddens is best known for her role in Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the album "Tomorrow Is My Turn" gives the soulful singer ample opportunity to stretch out on a wide range of cover songs. Produced by T Bone Burnett, a man that knows his way around Americana music, this album is a wonderful showcase for Giddens' talent.

To state the obvious, Giddens has a flexible singing voice. She shows this off by going from the soulful "Last Kind Words" to the thumping country found on Dolly Parton's "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind." On the latter, Giddens even works in a bit of vibrato - the sort that's always made Parton's singing so distinctive. Then when she sings "She's Got You," a song associated with Patsy Cline, dang if she doesn't sound like Patsy! She can seemingly do it all.

The title track finds Giddens sounding like a sophisticated jazz singer. On it, Burnett sets her against a mournful, orchestrated backing. Giddens also gets her gospel on with "Up Above My Head."

The album closes with the gentle "Angel City." With pretty violin accompaniment, Giddens concludes her solo album with a hushed parting gesture. Giddens is truly one of our finest contemporary vocalists, and "Tomorrow Is My Turn" is all the evidence you'll need of that.