Odessa building on her early promises with self-titled debut LP

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Odessa (Chop Shop/Republic)
3.5 stars out of 5

Singer/songwriter Odessa burst into the national consciousness last year on the strength of dynamite single “I Will Be There,” one of those tunes that worms its way into your brain and remains there, like it or not, for months at a time. She gained further exposure when the song was tabbed for a Subaru commercial and landed a prominent spot in an episode of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Odessa CDIt took a while, but Odessa builds on that momentum at long last with the release of her self-titled debut album. She’s come a long way from her days playing violin for terrific indie outfit Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and it’s clear Odessa is comfortable in the spotlight.

The aforementioned “I Will Be There” launches the dreamy 11-track, 43-minute set and is the clear-cut highlight. Odessa also scores with “Gather Round,” “Black Butterfly,” “For Granted” and “Picture of a Woman.” If this promising debut is any indication, this talented young musician has a bright, bright future. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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