Sarah Slaton's West Texas EP couldn't be any more nondescript: Aside from two stamps, one in black and bearing Slaton's name, and the other in red with the title of the record (which, incidentally, is inspired by the ill-fated show Friday Night Lights and the idealized love depicted between Coach and Mrs. Taylor the kind of love Slaton's evidently longing for), there is no artwork. The disc itself is contained in a simple brown-paper sleeve that resembles the makeshift grocery-bag covers kids used to wrap their books in. Luckily, Slaton's songs, which are equally sparse, often featuring just her voice and a guitar, are affecting enough on their own and don't require any sort of elaborate packaging. With a delicate voice that recalls Harbinger-era Paula Cole, Slaton articulately expresses pathos both poignant and relatable. Overall, West Texas is a solid effort from a promising artist.
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