Audio Mixer: Chad Howat.
Released in the spring of 2013, a few months after a stint in Jack White's touring band helped raise her profile, The Originator is a startling original second album from Brooke Waggoner. Previously, she flirted with tuneful singer/songwriter pop on her debut Heal for the Honey, then she got softer and grander on Go Easy Little Doves, but on The Originator gets weird, taking considerable risks with her compositions and arrangements. At first, the ornate yet rustic accouterments in the production are what are notable, but as their odd, halting rhythms start to make sense, the strong construction of the songs becomes apparent. There are hints of Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, and, yes, Jack White, yet Waggoner doesn't copy, she synthesizes, creating a gently wild, wholly compelling statement of purpose with her third album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine