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“With “resolution,” the wordsmith in Walker wanted to suggest both the sense of will that guided her and, eventually, how she solved her search. It was will that sent her into the studio with a concept for a genre-defying album.”

“Carolyn Walker’s songs express intense thoughts and emotions, but promote strength and discipline as alternatives to more manic or self-destructive forms of spiritual cleansing. There are a few electric tracks that channel a sort of Alanis Morrisette-style bitterness, but neither the stock pop chords nor the sentiment seem to come that naturally to Walker, whose strength seems to lie in a simpler place. There is a skilled songwriting mind at work here, consciously crafting complex melodies, harmonies and Eastern-flavored drones that are constantly moving or swelling, and the production is rich with strings, chimes, singing bowls and even a Chinese zither, nurtured with care by Northfire Studios’ Garrett Sawyer. The title track—last on the CD—is a Carole King-worthy gem in which Walker inhabits a space all her own that becomes a space where all of us have been.”