Album Review: May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
Paste Magazine - 81 Based on rating 8.1/10
After breaking through with a batch of restless, itinerant songs on Honest Life in 2016, Courtney Marie Andrews longs for something more permanent on the follow-up. The Seattle singer spends much of May Your Kindness Remain exploring ideas of home and what it means to have roots, on 10 new tunes that are lusher and more expansive while leaving plenty of room to showcase her astonishing voice. Andrews and her band recorded May Your Kindness Remain with producer Mark Howard, whose voluminous credits include albums by Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris.
Establishing herself as a melancholy reflector of the common man, Courtney Marie Andrews makes her Fat Possum debut with her sixth LP, May Your Kindness Remain. She had written much of her prior album, 2016's Honest Life, while living abroad after a breakup, but it was also motivated by conversations with bar patrons after she took a job as a bartender upon her return. May Your Kindness Remain also explores themes of everyday life and humanity, this time taking inspiration from the sociopolitical climate of post-2016 America.