Genres:Country - Contemporary/Pop, Country - Alternative, Alternative Pop, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Rock - Alternative Pop
Atoosa Grey's new album, "When the Cardinals Come," veers in style from Americana to pop-tinged folk to moody piano ballads. The songs are charming and compelling, urged by Grey’s moving voice and connected with a common lyrical sequence that pull the songs together into a cohesive whole. The album’s title initiates that arc, referencing the red birds that reappear throughout the record to symbolize ideas of hope and luck. For Grey, whose mother believed birds were visiting spirits when she was growing up, the recurrence of powerful imagery and the undercurrent of a thematic narrative in her lyrics signals a key moment for her as a songwriter where she has successfully incorporated her vast array of influences—Eastern and Western, musical and literary, personal and universal.