Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth

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Label: MACK AVENUE
Catalog: 67320311772
Format: CD

VERONICA SWIFT

Whereas Veronica Swift’s 2019 Mack Avenue Records debut, Confessions, contained songs that played out like pages from her personal diary, on the captivating follow-up, This Bitter Earth, she flips the script by crafting an ingenious song cycle that tackles sexism [“How Lovely to Be a Woman”], domestic abuse [“He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)”], environmental issues, racism, xenophobia [“You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”] and the dangers of fake news [“The Sports Page”]. The singer-songwriter gathered material that covers multiple genres, including jazz, American musicals and contemporary indie-rock fortifying her position as a leading force in genre-bending song presentation. “I want this album to have two separate approaches,” states Swift. "I wanted to start with women’s place in society now and how it's changing. During the second half, I wanted to address other ailments in the world, whether it’s racism or fake news. But I don’t take any political stances. I’m very clear with my audience that as an artist I just want to address certain issues as an outsider looking in.”

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