Motherland (2001) was produced by T. Bone Burnett, positioning Merchants songs in one coherent, excellent album.
Her voice has deepened and her lyrics are socially conscious and intelligent, as always. Musically, each song stands on its own and fits seamlessly into the collection of tracks that make up Motherland.
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She ventured into a more seriously groovy direction on Reviewing The Situation (1969), covering songs by contemporary chartbusting artists like The Beatles, Rufus Thomas, Lovin' Spoonful, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan.
This resulted in a lush, experimental Jazz Funk record, produced by Creed Taylor and recorded at the famous Van Gelder Studios. Classic stuff, including the B-Boy anthem "Nautilus".
This album captures Gallagher on a grinding world tour in 1979 and 1980, pumping out blues-rockers with requisite aggression in cities all around the world as San Francisco, Melbourne, Paris and Los Angeles.
Album opener "Kickback City" could be a song from hairy rockers Bad Company with heavy pounding guitars, but also "Failsafe Day" as well as "Road To Hell" are by-the-book-crunch-rockers.
The songs on Fresh Evidence show Gallagher's love for blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Son House and for other genres as well (King Of Zydeco is a song about the legendary Clifton Chenier).
The album explores themes of ill health, mortality, and fighting back against overwhelming odds. It shows the toll that Gallagher's health problems were starting to take on him.