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Music Review: Springtime Carnivore is angsty and adrift in Midnight Room

In the family tree of music, Midnight Room, Greta Morgan’s second record under the moniker Springtime Carnivore, directly descends from the retro-alt-country of Neko Case & Her Boyfriends. More recently in the ancestral bloodline would be the retro West Coast rock of Jenny Lewis’ Acid Tongue. As on those foregoing albums, a host of collaborators pitch in to complement the tender and captivating vocals; those efforts and Morgan’s indie-pop leanings contribute enough sonic DNA to give her sophomore effort its own beautiful, self-assured identity.

The multi-instrumentalist Morgan proved on her debut that she is more than capable of fleshing out her own material. But she also gels comfortably with her accompanying guests: Jason Boesel, Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet and Phases, and especially Katy Goodman of La Sera, a frequent touring partner with whom she worked earlier this year on a breezy set of punk covers, Take It …

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