Dori Freeman's Letters Never Read is a compilation of love notes, of stories from her past.
The Virginia-born musician's new album, recorded with producer Teddy Thompson, shows that Freeman prefers simplicity in her work. The vocal-only folklore melody from "Ern and Zorry's Sneakin' Bitin' Dog" is reminiscent of a lullaby, while the last track, "Yonder Comes a Sucker," is a stripped-down recording with vocals and drums. Some tracks on Letters Never Read include fiddle instrumentation; its addition to "Cold Waves" adds a classical trill to the song's otherwise calm aura.
Kacy & Clayton contribute rich vocals, while a '70s country gospel organ affixes an old-time sentiment on "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. " On the duet, a fiddle lends a western-swing excitability that enhances the album's authenticity. Letters Never Read finds Dori Freeman setting her standards high, then hitting them. (Independent)