Lilly Hiatt – Trinity Lane (album review)

by Woody on September 11, 2017


PHOTO CREDIT: Alysse Gafkjen

Back in 2014, Lydia Loveless announced Somewhere Else and it was mostly met by indifference by myself. I had liked her 2011 effort, Indestructible Machine, but was far from chomping on the bit for her follow-up. But after a few spins of Somewhere Else, I realized just how much of a giant leap Loveless had taken and she’s since become one of my favorites. Reason I bring that all up is that is exactly how it played out with Trinity Lane.

Produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope, Hiatt opened up her soul for all to see on her third LP and it is stunning. Throughout the album she explores a recent breakup and giving up booze with unflinching honesty. On the lead single and one of the better tunes you’ll hear this year, The Night David Bowie Dies, Hiatt conflates the death of a hero with the crushing reality that she’s alone as her relationship is over. Every aspect of the track is done to perfection. She also mines the subject on Everything I Had and on both tracks, Hiatt isn’t all woe-is-me; she looks inward to shoulder some of the blame.

As for the recent expulsion of liquor from her life, the title track sees Hiatt enjoying her sobriety. She’s enjoying the little things in life from her home on Trinity Lane. But on I Wanna Go Home she revisits the hard-living nights of yesteryear.

This is a must listen for an artist that is clearly on a massive upswing.

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Scott In Austin September 20, 2017 at 4:50 am

Really loving this one! You really nailed the review, Woody!

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