Reviewed by Kyrby Raine
Give Joy Adler credit for not trying to sound like any of the other female singer/songwriters out there. Her voice, soaring and radiant, flows like a waterfall. Throughout Postcards, I found myself simply mesmerized by her singing; it wasn’t until after I listened to the album more times did I even pay attention to her words. Her vocals alone were the hook. On “Prayer” and “Your Love Is Everything,” Adler seems inspired by a divine force; there is an otherworldly, almost ethereal, quality to her singing on those tracks that is quite magical.
Adler’s versatility is also impressive. The opening cut, “By Your Side,” is a lovely country rocker with enough jangling guitars to cross over into the Americana circuit. “Prayer” and a remake of the Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” feature sizzling blues licks while “Feels Good” touches upon funk and jazz as Adler’s voice is more sultry than ever. This is a fairly emotionally uplifting album, even when the lyrics deal with love lost. That’s mainly because of Adler’s high spirits beaming through the grooves.