WFUV

"One of my favorite New York singer/songwriters." - John Platt, WFUV

AcousticLive! In New York City

"Wild Women Don't Worry..."  Wool&Grant were featured in AcousticLive! in July, 2013.  "

"It’s difficult to express how much enjoyment I got out
of hearing the old chestnut, “Wild Women,” written
by Ida Cox and sung by Wool&Grant on a recent John
Platt Sunday Morning Breakfast Show on WFUV-
FM. The song is one of a host of gems from their

new self-titled debut CD.Click the link below to view the rest of the article.

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The Gazette (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)



"Wool is one of the best singer-songwriters around, and from the start,  she's had an adventurous side.   She writes the kind of heart-stopping songs you find on albums from Jackson Browne, Nanci Griffith and Lucy Kaplansky, three masters of the craft who know how to forge experiences, personal and otherwise, together with winning melodies and heartfelt singing to create an art that both moves and satisfies.”

Indie Music

"If her next CD is called 'Songs About Sitting in the Waiting Area at H&R Block,' I'll buy it.  She discovers the mystery and meaning in a loaf of bread and a jug of wine, small gestures, a layer of ice, and lying awake at night."
INDIE-MUSIC.COM, Jennifer Layton

Boston Globe

"Wool writes excellent songs and sings with passion."

Dirty Linen

"Moon Over 97th Street plays like a scrupulously conceived fin de siecle classic."

Brooklyn Social Media

“Ina May Wool then did an earth shattering version of “Down to You,” bringing such a dark soulfulness to the song that she virtually reinvented it for her own voice and sensibility,”  Louise Crawford, founder Brooklyn Social Media about Court and Spark Turns 40!

Indie Music

This is my month. So many of my favorite indies are coming out with new projects. For some of them, it's been way too long between albums. Ina May Wool is one of those indies. The title track from her 1999 release Moon Over 97th Street still makes its way onto my mix tapes. Now, I have Crack it Open, a CD that kicks open the door the first CD cracked open and pours light and color everywhere. Moon was quietly reflective.  Crack it Open is joyous, spirited, occasionally playful, and absolutely perfect from first note to last. In case I'm not being clear, I love this CD.

Wool's voice has always had a Rickie Lee Jones feel. Here, she sounds like Jones playing a festival on a playground, pausing every now and then for a spin on the carousel or a trip head-first down the slide. There are sad songs here, but Wool's never been one to wallow in the blues. Instead, "When Tears Come Down" takes lyrics about getting burned and sets them to twangy, gutsy, soulful music. I found myself singing along with her, reading along with the lyrics in the liner notes, matching her note for note with no problem (other than the fact that my voice is, in terms of quality, the polar opposite of hers).

She maintains a lyrical style that I loved so much on her first album -- her ability to write a song about anything and make it interesting. When she finds herself trying to keep worry and anxiety out of her head, without much success, she writes a deliciously playful song called "Big Black Bear."

There is a black bear in my brain
I thought that he was through with me
But he comes crashing in and smashing everything
I carefully placed all around my cabin ...

I tried to teach him how to dance
I put a little skirt on him
A yellow rope around his big bear waist
But all he wants to do is paw my garbage ...

Inspired by a Frida Kahlo painting, she tells the artist's life in a haunting melody set to simple percussion and gently chiming music. (I love how one line in the chorus ties back to the title of the album: "La vida abierta -- life opened," she sings. Cracked wide open.) Inspired by a cab ride, she writes the driver's story in "Taxi," singing about a Pakistani immigrant "rovin' round in a concrete sea." And the woman who inspired "Rosa" should be flattered by the shuffling beat, beautiful spirit, and total abandon in the rock song with her name on it. The song even has a string section. It feels like the ocean.

I have to mention one more favorite: "Serial Lover," a bluesy story told by the definition of an eternal optimist:

This is a story of serial love
It ain't no romance novel
There was Johnny and Tommy and Sean and Tim
There was Jake and Norbert and Slim
It could be for a week, a year or one night
It's always the same
But it's totally opposite
Don't laugh - I still might get it right
I'll be in practice for sure ...

I think Jim Croce loves this song as much as I do.

Crack it Open is one of those rare albums in which all the songs tie together in a common theme, even though their tempos and moods and lyrics change from one track to another. I can feel Wool's creative spirit floating out of the speakers and soaring around the room. If I opened the front door right now, the rain would probably stop. This whole album feels like an embrace.







Ectophiles Guide to Good Music

Ina May Wool has made a strong follow-up to her debut. She's got the knack for telling stories with her songs. "Taxi" tells of a struggling taxi driver in New York in an interesting way. "Frida" gives us the life story of Frida Kahlo in a compelling manner.
     "Big Black Bear reminds me of Suzanne Vega's intricate folk-pop. "When Tears Come Down" is just gorgeous.
     "Lucky" is a lovely little song. It's a positive love song, but not an exuberant song, rather it's like a whisper low enough for lovers to hear if they listen closely.
     I think that shows a lot about Ina May Wool's gift for understatement. This album's a treasure. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)







Ectophiles Guide to Good Music


Ina May Wool's song, "Boxcutters and Knives" is included on Vigil, an album compiled by Suzanne Vega after 9/11. There aren't many songs about September 11th that are as powerful (except the one by Steve Earle)."

Village Voice

"When I cracked open Ina May Wool's new CD, Crack It Open, I was treated to a pleasant cross of Lisa Loeb/Syd Straw/Rickie Lee Jones...She's got a good thing going on."
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The Boston Phoenix

"Sharp hooks and arrangements and a good feel for C&W roots - and, hey, even downtown NYC jazz hipster Marc Ribot (not one known to suffer fools - or folkies - gladly) appears on her Crack It Open (Bang Zoom)".