Inara George: All Rise

Inara George
All Rise
(Everloving)

Get ready for a breath of fresh air. Inara George’s vocals sound as airy as a ride in a hot air balloon, floating on the backing guitar of Michael Andrews. The opening track “Mistress” flows to and fro with a bit of drum machine to keep it anchored.

“Life can be hard, but it can be good to you./Saving all your money, but you know better. It can be cruel,” opens the second song “Fools Work,” with a combination of optimism and the universal truth that life is tough. George’s voice conveys this wistful and at times playful tone masterfully. In songs like “Genius,” she shifts from melancholy folk to light pop easily. The bouncing electric guitar on this song counters the versatility of her voice. Other times, her voice rings clear as a carillon in “What a Number.”

The progression through this album often shifting between genres seems almost random. Yet it is this rambunctious style that lets the listener know that George is an artist growing into her own sound. She reflects upon love and life without sounding either preachy or redundant.

All comparisons to her father, Lowell George of Little Feat, put aside, Inara George can hold her own among the other coffeehouse folk regulars. If there is any message in this album, it would most likely be “be true to yourself.” Even if a listener has never met Inara George, it is possible to appreciate the vulnerability she expresses in her music.