‘May Your Kindness Remain’ sounds forever on the brink of eruption. At the same time personal and political, Carpenter challenges the link between wealth and worth and gives voice to the painfulness of enduring poverty and disenfranchisement.
The singing on Andrews’ album is especially emotional. There’s a sob to her vibrato, and the notes she belts in her upper register are inflamed with feeling.
A big part of what gives these ten songs their grounded power is Andrews’ attentiveness to how external hardships can feed inner turmoil, and how difficult it is bearing deprivation in utter isolation. She doesn’t just tell us these truths; she makes us feel them poignantly.