Today wraps up my track-by-track look at Tift Merritt’s latest album, Stitch of the World. I hope it was less taxing for some readers than last year’s Lucinda Williams deep dive.
The album closes with a third song featuring Sam Beam on backing vocals, and as in the other two, his contribution is sublime.
‘Wait For Me’ strikes the same tone of hopeful melancholy that permeates this album. Regular readers of this blog know that tone is right up my alley.
Whenever I hear a new album by a favorite artist, the list-maker in me starts thinking about where it ranks alongside the rest of her discography. Ranking Merritt’s work is particularly tough because all of her albums are strong in similar ways.
I definitely need a little more time with this one before I can truly assess it alongside its siblings, but right now, gun to my head, I would rank her studio albums like this:
1. See You On the Moon
3. Stitch of the World
4. Traveling Alone
5. Another Country
6. Bramble Rose
But, as I said the other day, there isn’t a bad song on any one of them.