“Mo Kenney is the 22-year-old protege of Joel Plaskett, who produced, co-wrote and played on her self-titled debut album. The solid collection of 10 folk-pop songs never falters, though it does get off to a slowish start due to a front-loaded selection of unarresting singer/songwriter fare.
The sparseness of the first half does offer a good introduction to Kenney’s inviting vocals, which are light without being airy, and often dip low and grow rough. Her lyrics are crystal-clear, sometimes directed at an unnamed other she’d like to get closer to but can’t. Things attain lift-off halfway through, when Plaskett steps in on several co-writes and the production gets exciting.
Scene Of The Crime splays into loose and woozy rock, In My Lungs features gorgeous fingerpicking and ghostly backup vocals, and first single Déjà Vu has Plaskett’s rhyme schemes and catchiness (and vocals) all over it. Which isn’t to say Kenney can’t pen a remarkable tune on her own. Melancholy closer Carnivore, in particular, shows big-time sophistication.”