One of the premier latter-day folkies, Dar Williams meets the 21st century head-on with rapier dissections of society's foibles and fractures, juxtaposed with introspective musings. Her musical contexts shift from trad folk through sharply melodic pop-folk variations to stuff on the edge of the folk-rock continuum. Williams is a superior storyteller, clearly reflecting key influences Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, often invoking sly humor whose barbs are uncomfortably sharp, such as the dysfunctional family gathering depicted in "The Christians and the Pagans." After seven albums spread over 17 years, Williams just issued a unique... More >>>