Kirsten Thien, Delicious

This fire-haired songwriter’s voice strikes a perfect balance between the precise but homey crooning of Bonnie Raitt and the sheer incendiary power of Janis Joplin.
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This fire-haired songwriter’s voice strikes a perfect balance between the precise but homey crooning of Bonnie Raitt and the sheer incendiary power of Janis Joplin. But it’s the R&B grooves and stellar musicianship that put this record on our radar. Horn parts by Andy Snitzer and Kent Smith evoke the days of Stax Records. Very tasty B-3 comes courtesy of Bryan Adams and Dire Straits alum Tommy Mandel. Too macho for a taste of estro-rock? Delicious will have you asking for seconds. (Screen Door | kirstenthien.com)