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Thursday, February 20, 2003

Review - Fool

Artist: Terri Binion

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Fool
Label: Richter Records
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Fool

It's been almost seven years since local vocal beauty Terri Binion delivered her haunting debut, "Leavin' This Town." Though the stellar folk collection was quickly reissued by Daemon Records (label of Indigo Girl Amy Ray), Terri never did leave this town or record again -- until now. And a listen to the 10-song "Fool" offers every explanation of why Binion is still locally revered: It's a smart, sweet and sassy return, reeling with her love for simple structure, poetic storytelling (the songwriting is all hers) and lush instrumentation ably provided by her devoted musician friends. The upbeat "GayleAnne," about an "old bluegrass picker," swells with harmonies powered by the legendary Lucinda Williams and leaves a bit of a sting: "God save us from those Broadway dives/ Retire us with union wages/ And a job in a big theme park." Local notables abound: David Schweizer (producer), Anthony Cole, Doug Mathews and Bobby Koelble among others. The title ballad laments lost love matured by transcendence and perhaps best captures Binion's personal progression: "I could have been that perfect figure in your mind/ With model lips and cheek bones and baby bearin' hips/ I could have been that, I could have been her but I'm not."

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