Album Review: Oh Susanna – Name Dropper



Suzie Ungerleider is a delightful, female minstrel, who writes and records under the name of Oh Susanna.  Name Dropper (on Continental Song City) is the American-Canadian’s  sixth studio album since her debut EP in 1997.

Produced by Jim Bryson and penned by a wonderful array of Americana singer/songwriters in their own “write”, Name Dropper kicks off with the driftwood loss of Oregon. Up next, the embrace and comfort of Into My Arms (written by Joel Plaskett), which has a stormy, snowy feel.   Goodnight twinkles like a true star, and Cottonseed  has a “Strawberry Fields Forever” quality, quite psychedelic and an original twist.

Song number five, Wait Till The Sun Comes Up,  is country spit; followed by the lyrically neat and punchy beat of Mozart For The Cat, which is an obvious single cut. Provincial Parks is melodic and sweet and speaks directly to the heart. Number eight on the door is, Letterbox – Suzie’s rising vocals a mop-top nod towards John Lennon (I’m Losing You), and,  Loved You More is clear, crisp and cool.

1955, is my favourite new thing – it’s simply wonderful. Another song that would make a great single, Savings & Loan is cowboy sawdust and stardust. This Guy is out and out country delicate, with Dying Light clocking in at just over 6 minutes, ironically followed by the shortest (and bonus) song on the album, I Love The Way She Dresses.

No little white lies, this is a great record, and this one pulls together all the tones and textures and talents of some of the best in their field, such as Ron Sexsmith. A work of great maturity and resilience. With excellent performances and production, Name Dropper is destined to be a ‘classic, and that is that!

Mark Watkins