I’ll admit to being partial to hometown talent – that means anyone from Vadodara (how could anyone in their sane mind leave Irfan Pathan out of the team? Huh?!) and Chicago. A few years ago Alice Peacock transplanted herself to the Windy City to hone her skills as a live musician. And her efforts yield noteworthy results on her second, country-tinged, folk collection (and first in collaboration with a major label – Universal) Who I Am.
“In the ways of life and art,” she tells us on the titular track “I trust the wisdom of my heart.”
There are two things that strike you about Peacock when you listen to her. One, she sounds a lot like an amalgam of popular folk and rock artists – Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crowe, Emily Saliers. On the sweeping, gorgeous “Love” she reminded me of Liam Gallagher. And second, she really knows her way around a mid-tempo hook.
Who I Am is full of catchy, warm little pleasures. Peacock’s album doesn’t cover a lot of diverse musical territory, but her eclectic tastes in music—jazz, country, 70s rock, R&B and classical —allow her subtle variations that make her songs delectable. Her lyrics evoke a person who glides gracefully through the peaks and valleys of life.