'None of the Above'
There's a bit of a dichotomy going on with Sharon Coates' new and third CD. To reference Monk, it's full of ugly beauty. Coates has a beautiful, almost sorrowful voice, which when paired with her backing band's rugged support, is evenmore soft and lonely. This is especially true on songs like "Radio," in which she laments the vast wasteland that is contemporary radio, and the #MeToo movement salvo "Hey Man." The juxtaposition totally works. You've got to reconcile the push and pull between the songs that are angry, songs that are pretty, and the ones where Coates and her band casually collide to share the mood. It'll be worth the effort.