Producer: John Vanderslice
Score: 7 out of 10
This autobiographical indie/folk timepiece is a fearless ride, with the raven-haired acoustic songstress totally in her element. The arrangements are somewhat open and spare, but chock full of truth and emotional depth. “Taught to Lie” finds Crain addressing her years on the road and the resulting difficulty in maintaining honest connections with people. “Paint” is stark, haunting and further drives home the feelings of detachment, with her naked and introspective delivery. Perhaps her most self-effacing moment can be found in the title track where, in Crain’s words, she considers public perceptions of her and balances asymmetries “between the age I look, the age I am and the age I feel.”
By Eric A. Harabadian
Samantha Crain - "Never Going Back"