Out of bereavement, creativity is often born. The primal emotions and thoughts produced following loss can provide some of the most powerful sources of inspiration for music, and it is from this subject that New Yorker Sarabeth Tucek draws for second album Get Well Soon.

The daughter of two mental health practitioners, Tucek grew up in Manhattan and New Jersey and pursued acting and music until years later, a number of chance meetings, lucky breaks and a tenacious approach to self promotion led to support slots on tour with Ray LaMontagne, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Bob Dylan. The singer also appeared in music documentary Dig! and performed on tributes to goth-rock pioneers The Cure and psych-rock trailblazer Roky Erickson, Tucek before working with Ethan Johns (kings of Leon, Ryan Adams) and Luther Russell (Noah and the Whale, Richmond Fontaine), producing her self-titled and critically acclaimed début album, released in 2006.

From the outset of Get Well Soon which explores the death of Tucek's father, the soft acoustic plucking and gentle vibrato on 'Wound and the Bow' evokes a blinding fragility and tenderness, before the short introduction slides into discordant reverie.

In the first half of 'Wooden', Tucek skilfully draws slow lines of lilting and dragging melodies across gentle echoing instrumentation, laying an uneasy foundation for the heavier tremolo-guitar ridden second half. It's an uncertain start to the album, but the ensuing tumble through the ten remaining tracks feels completely natural, deeply profound and incredibly poignant.

The singer's delivery, combined with the paradoxical youthful purity and mature soul of Karen Carpenter and Dusty Springfield creates a dreamlike state, such as on 'The Fireman', where childhood memories and adult realisations float over a melancholic backdrop of tight percussion.

A near-perfect balance of gentle piano, warm and comforting bass and the close, intimate feel of 'Smile For No One' and 'Things Left Behind' provides an evocative canvas for the singer to paint scenes of heartbreak and grief on.

Tucek's voice grows in strength throughout Get Well Soon, enveloping all yet finding energy and light in death, particularly in the brooding, sinister 'Rising' and the crashing, moving journey of 'Exit Ghost' which fades out with the heartbeat of a single drum.

The personal nature of the album, reinforced through piercing lyrics, starkly beautiful arrangements and Tucek's monumentally sublime voice will no doubt leave many in tears, sharing the feelings of dread, disorientation and pain that can only come from the death of a close family member, but here is also a very cathartic, human purge of emotions, and a reminder of our fragility and physical ties to life that very few artists manage to capture on record, as on Get Well Soon.

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