“When you get to Asheville,” Edie Brickell sings on her new album with Steve Martin, “send me an email.” It’s a strange introduction. Writers typically avoid these time stamps. From another mouth, the line is too practical to warrant honesty. In hers, it’s the reality of approaching love lost with compassion and nuance. If your new life doesn’t work out, turn around. I’ll be here.
Moments of sweetness unfold. “Love Has Come For You” has the strongest hook. There is something really enjoyable about Edie’s pitch when she drawls, “Call me to say hi” on “Friend of Mine.” I’d like to hear it again. The arrangements turn monotonous on the album’s second half. Steve’s banjo overwhelms. Is there a bassist around?
The album wins in small moments. Love will come for you – hard to hear from two people who have seen it through. I’m sending an email.
Love Has Come For You by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell was released on April 23rd.