We first heard word of Allison Crutchfield’s debut solo album back in July with an announcement that she had joined her twin sister in signing to Merge. Since then she released the spectacular lead single “Dean’s Room” and its equally spectacular follow-up “I Don’t Ever Want To Leave California” and became the subject of our most recent cover story. Crutchfield has played in a number of notable bands over the years, including P.S. Elliot and Swearin’, but Tourist In This Town is something else altogether. It’s a fully realized statement penned by a sure-headed hand, a reintroduction that sounds little like Crutchfield’s previous projects, but displays the same skilled craftsmanship that has defined all of her work. It’s really, really good. Below, via NPR, you can hear the entire album in advance of its release next week.
Tourist In This Town is out 1/27 via Merge Records.