2019 album. Re-imagining of Gentry's second album released in 1968. A different vocalist appears on each track: Norah Jones; Lucinda Williams; Beth Orton; Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval; Laetitia Sadier, formerly of Stereolab; Marissa Nadler; Margo Price; Susanne Sundfor; Phoebe Bridgers; Rachel Goswell (of Slowdive); Carice van Houten; Vashti Bunyan with Kaela Sinclair. Also available in CD.
‘Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited’ is Mercury Rev’s committed and affectionate resurrection of an album that anticipated by three decades their own pivotal expedition through transcendental America, 1998’s ‘Deserter’s Songs’.
From their recording lair in New York’s Catskill Mountains, the founding core of Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper with Jesse Chandler (previously in the Texas group Midlake) honour Gentry’s foresight and creative triumph with spacious invention and hallucinatory flair.
Gentry’s stories and original resolve are brought to new vocal life and empowerment by a vocal cast from across modern rock and its alternative paths: among them, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval; Laetitia Sadier, formerly of Stereolab; Marissa Nadler; Margo Price, the fiery new country star with a punk rock heart; and Norway’s Susanne Sundfør, who cuts through ‘Tobacco Road’ with arctic Nico poise. Phoebe Bridgers, whose first record was a softly stunning 2015 single for Ryan Adams’ PAX AM label, hovers through the acid-western suspense of Gentry’s ‘Jessye Lisabeth’ with floating calm, like a comforting angel.
180g vinyl format includes digital download coupon.