Let me say right away that I respect and admire Po' Girl. Awna Teixeira's crackly voice is built for country music, while Allison Russell's voice is built for any damn thing she pleases, and Russell's rich tones and Teixeira's salty purr combine to produce an unmistakable sound. Benny Sidelinger and Mikey "Lightning" August complete the foursome, and each of the four can play just about any instrument. Multi-instrumentalism has become a bit of a fad recently, but it's still thrilling to see four people play 12 instruments during a single performance.
Yet I'm not sure I like Deer in the Night. For example, one might mistake the title track for a Christmas carol or a kids' song if it weren't for lyrics about a dead deer and the flies feeding on it. I hated it on my first listen. Around listen number 10 I started really liking it and simultaneously tiring of songs I dug the first time around.
The tracks cover a range of styles, from gypsy waltzes to folk tunes to jazzy torch songs, so there's something here for everyone. I just don't know whether Deer in the Night is really for me. But I'm intrigued. I like a challenge.
Po' Girl plays the Top Hat Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 PM. $8.