Emily Dickinson inspired musings
Josephine Foster - Graphic as a Star

Josephine Foster has worked on an eclectic, but certainly never boring, assortment of musical projects during her career, from psyche rock to children’s songs.

Her latest solo effort sets the poems of Emily Dickinson against minimalist acoustic arrangements and occasionally a cappella. There isn’t much of a sense of flow to the album; the songs stand on their own as the poems were meant to stand on their own. While her distinct voice lends a great deal of character to the songs -- imagine Joni Mitchell as a 1940s Disney princess -- she is never forcibly whimsical, and more importantly never overly dramatic.

If anything, Foster gives as faithful an interpretation as could be; it’s hard to imagine Dickinson would have been one for frills or fanfare.


Words by Amanda Farah


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