Alone, with just her voice and guitar, singer/songwriter Camille Harp is measured and confident. Fronting a band, however, the Oklahoma City musician is in full command. Bolstered by a studio group and layers of picking, drumming, plucking and strumming Harp has released an energetic, self-titled album that forgoes folk in favor of catchy country-pop.
This isn’t a fragile, temperamental country car fueled by lament, turning over when broodingly coaxed. This album is a pickup with Tennessee plates that’s already running. “When I Get to Hell” steers Harp’s new album with an afterlife adultery revenge fantasy. Fiddles and steel guitars flood the swamp while Harp honks and tonks that “killin’ him once was just not enough.”
Album opener “Don’t Go” is oppositely fiery’ an upbeat, apologetic anthem of determination to do right by a “caged bird,” prepping to take flight after a little “feather ruffling.” Harp promises to hold tight, crooning if “you’d stay tonight, I’ll make it worth your while.” Believe her. “Love Song” is tender and slow, but not broken. Similarly paced, “I’m Gone” features a distant Harp singing cleanly and plainly over simple acoustic strumming and slide guitar echoes.
There’s more than a little Natalie Maines bubbling in Harp. Great musicianship, transparent production and a pop-perfect country voice meet to make her new album flirty, fun and just enough trouble.”Joe Wertz