Home / Music / Album Reviews / Meklit & Quinn

Meklit & Quinn

Meklit & Quinn (Porto Franco Records)

Sep. 11, 2012
Google plus Linkedin Pinterest

On their self-titled debut album, singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero and vocalist-instrumentalist Quinn DeVeaux partner on an accomplished collection of originals and covers. The music melts through genre boundaries, suggesting low-key ’70s soul on one track and after-hours jazz on another. Judicious use of reverb endows many tracks with a hint of retro and a shadow of sonic depth. Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place” is given an elaborate vocal arrangement (one imagines it could be sung a capella) and Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” is transformed into chamber jazz. While Hadero’s voice sometimes recalls the buttery feel of Joni Mitchell, much of the music suggests a collaboration between Bill Withers and Roberta Flack, circa 1970, that would have resulted in one great recording.


The new owners of the Shops of Grand Avenue have revealed a radical redesign for the mall, which will include a proposed grocery store, an urban marketplace and contemporary office spaces, as well as the potential for a new name. Will the new owners succeed where past owners have failed in turning Grand Avenue around?

Getting poll results. Please wait...