By David Chiu
The third release by the singer/songwriter from North Carolina is an absolute gem and deserves to be called one of the best albums of 2008 by year’s end.. Based on her experiences living in Paris, Another Country is an introspective yet hopeful alt-country record. matched by her lovely, wistful voice. Every song is a stand out, particularly “Broken,” the achingly beautiful “Keep You Happy,” and the Stax-inspired soul tune “Tell Me Something True.” Merritt channels a little Edith Piaf with the last song “Mille Tendress (A Thousand Tendernesses)” in which she sings in French—it sums up the sentiment and good feeling evoked on this record.
Watch a video of Merritt’s “Broken” from Another Country: