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Price plays musical chameleon

Leader Bank Pavilion, Boston, September 9, 2021

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

Margo Price isn't always that as she showed with a generally satisfying 45-minute set. If you didn't know that Price was a country singer beforehand, it's not all that clear that you would have thought so after the fact either. It was as if Price, who has a bunch of quality songs under her belt – some of them quite traditionally country – surveyed the crowd in advance and decided she should be a musical chameleon for the evening.

Price is to some extent anyway (she ventures more to folk when in a country friendly setting), but before a very small portion of the crowd, Price decided that a rock edge was the way to go. For a large portion of her set, Price was not all that easy to decipher vocally. The sextet tended to overwhelm her vocals with cacophony ruling at times.

Ah, but when she was, she's got a great set of pipes. She underscored that particularly on her take on Janis Joplin's blues rocker "Move Over." Not sure of the necessity of covering Joplin when one of her own songs would have done the same trick just fine.

This evening did not showcase the best of what makes Price the powerhouse that she typically is.

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