Rita Hosking – ‘Frankie and the No-Go Road’ | Album Review
On the face of it Rita Hosking’s Frankie and the No-Go Road is a country, mountain soul collection of songs sung with a voice like the ripples on a velvet dress. Not high fashion, classically cut, beautifully tailored. The thread running through it is strong – the 12 tracks illustrate the 12 steps of the ‘Heroes Journey’ (Check out Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces). She serenades us in the art of protest in “Our Land” (“We don’t want your blood money Mister, we just want our land”), and she speaks out for the little guy in “Better Day.” She offers swampy banjo in “Power Moving In”, like the kind aunty of Agnostic Mountain Choir, then she eloquently trawls despair and loss in “Black Hole.” Leaning at times on cushioned guitar, at others bouncing with those grinning, winning banjos, these songs are very strong words softly spoken.