It's obvious from the greasy opening blues vibe in "Exodus of Venus," the title track of Elizabeth Cook's first album in six years, that something is very different. Produced by guitarist Dexter Green, this set is heavier, darker, and harder than anything she's released before. Its 11 songs are performed by a crack band that includes bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Matt Chamberlain, keyboardist Ralph Lofton, and lap steel guitarist Jesse Aycock.
Elizabeth Cook has had it rough for the past five years. There’s no need for details here. A listener should be able to judge the quality of a person’s music without knowing his or her backstory. The music needs to express it all. Judging by the 11 tracks on her latest album, Exodus of Venus ….