CD Review – Lindianne “American Man, Freedom Songs from the Peace Line”
The wintry breath of Alaska envelops the homespun folk of singer/songwriter Lindianne Sarno, otherwise known as simply Lindianne. On her latest album, American Man, Freedom Songs from the Peace Line, Lindianne crafts heartfelt, unpretentious acoustic music that have a certain atmospheric quality to them. She isn’t simply strumming her guitar to provide a backdrop for her lyrics; rather, her words merely add emotional weight to the depth of her playing. Nowhere is this more immediately apparent than on “Soul Mate,” a hauntingly beautiful plaintive wherein Lindianne expresses layers of longing. “Come back to me,” she laments, her voice heavy with sorrow. The passion she exudes her is not just romantic but spiritual; it isn’t called “Soul Mate” for nothing.
Elsewhere, Lindianne narrates tales of Alaskan life that is uncommon even in most folk records these days. “Long White Line” celebrates the sense of liberation one feels in Alaska’s open roads while journeying on a bicycle as it also illustrates its dangers. “Cannabis Sativa-Yay” is a warm anthem for the healing properties of marijuana; absent of any politics, it reveals the ridiculousness of keeping it illegal, especially from those who are ill. “Hard Rock Miner” is another powerful track; swirling fiddle and cinematic piano offer a dramatic soundtrack to the men who work one of the world’s most dangerous jobs.
This is the perfect album to cozy up to as the weather takes a turn for the cold. There is a friendly vibe to Lindianne’s voice that relaxes like a soft handshake.