Sara Watkins' "Sun Midnight Sun" Out Now: A "Flawless, Gorgeous Pop Masterpiece," Raves USA Today (Four Stars)
Sun Midnight Sun, the second solo album from acclaimed singer, songwriter, and fiddle player Sara Watkins, is out today on Nonesuch Records in North America, with a worldwide releaseon May 28. Produced by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Blake Mills, co-founder of the band Simon Dawes, the album features special guest appearances by Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Benmont Tench, and Sean Watkins. Watkins will celebrate the release of the album with a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Thursday at 11:35 PM ET on NBC.
USA Today describes Sun Midnight Sun as "flawless" and gives the album four stars. Reviewer Brian Mansfield calls it "a gorgeous pop masterpiece with a string-player's sensibility ... pure musical pleasure." Read the complete review at usatoday.com. MSN Music says the album reflects Watkins' "versatility, mining the sweet spot between pop and traditional roots." Watkins spoke with HitFix contributor Katie Hasty about the new album for an article available at hitfix.com.
To pick up a copy of the album, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout, and the album is also available to purchase as MP3s and lossless FLAC files.
Watkins resumes her US tour later this month with a set at Delfest in Cumberland, Maryland. The nationwide tour runs through the summer and includes headlining shows, a series of special tour dates with Dawes, a number of festival sets, and several concerts as very special guest of one of her album's contributors, Jackson Browne. For details, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.