Rhiannon Giddens is best known as the singer-violinist-banjoist of Carolina Chocolate Drops, but she crafts some enchanting spells on her new solo album, There Is No Other, a collaboration with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi. As with Carolina Chocolate Drops, the new album is richly layered with strains of blues, roots, folk and gospel, but it never feels like a formal, retro exercise. Instead, such tracks as “Black Swan” are rooted in Giddens’ stark banjo plucking, but they are also imbued with an air of eeriness. Her voice unfurls majestically on “I’m on My Way” as she wraps tendrils of violin melodies around herself in a most intoxicating manner. “The Wayfaring Stranger,” a yearning traditional folk ballad, rests alongside more exotic tunes, including the febrile whirl of “Pizzica di San Vito.”
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