Nashville singer-songwriter Suzie Brown evokes a candid country and folk sound that echoes with a forceful emotional intensity. Her work can be quiet or can be a bit more raucous, but she never loses the feeling of inclusivity that clings to every word and melody.
And when she's not working through a particularly memorable song, she's employed as a cardiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. She also gave a TEDMED talk in 2015 where she detailed the struggles of trying to push past traditional medical methods while simultaneously trying to have a successful career in the music industry.
She's currently gearing up for the release of her fifth album, "Sometimes Your Dreams Find You," due out May 12.
On her new single, "Sweet Tooth," Brown combines a search for true love with thoughts about various sugary confections.
"This song talks about two of the biggest joys of my life: sweets and my sweetie," she said.
Opening with the dulcet tones of a banjo that are quickly joined by Brown's mercurial vocals and a host of subtle Americana arrangements, the track rolls along at a comfortable gait, an ode to the joys of honest affection and the occasional piece of candy.
The song becomes a way for Brown to compare aspects of love with the names of assorted bits of candy—the wordplay will bring a smile to your face as it reveals a humorous longing for a sincere emotional connection. Atop organ and harmonica rhythms, she explores these earnest themes of need and companionship with a sly glint in her eye. There's a fine line to be walked between the plethora of sweet references and Brown's own experiences, but she manages to finely balance these ideas, creating a sentimental but not empty-handed sense of casual nostalgia.
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