Theresa Andersson, 'Hummingbird, Go!' (Basin Street)

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Hummingbird, Go!
Critical Mass
Label: Basin Street

by Josh Modell

Theresa Andersson's songs are more enjoyable once you learn that she performed them pretty much alone in her New Orleans kitchen, tapping soda bottles, stepping on pedals, playing violin, guitar, drums, and chirping sweetly. Which isn't to say Hummingbird, Go! needs the backstory: It jumps from cheerful, politically minded pop ("Na Na Na") to girl-group homage ("Birds Fly Away") to atmospheric interludes. She even collaborates with legendary New Orleans composer- producer Allen Toussaint. Not all moods suit Andersson -- the sultry, overdramatic "Locusts Are Gossiping" falls flat -- but she builds enough goodwill elsewhere that you'll want to hear her try everything.

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