Amanda Garrigues – Groundswell

Amanda Garrigues - Groundswell

by Alex Teitz

Amanda Garrigues’ sophomore release is a pleasure to behold. Garrigues’ clear vocals are strong and have a punch. Garrigues is joined by David McMahon on bass, and guitars, Eric Gardner on percussion and drums, and Eric Steinberg on electric guitar. The star undoubtedly is Garrigues.

Garrigues has mastered the subtleties of songwriting in GroundSwell. In songs about the end of relationships, and abuse she shines. Notably is “By My Scars” about the loneliness of a bad relationship ended. The cold and darkness of this loss is given to the listener. “Blackfisted” is a song filled with strong rhythms reminiscent of John Cougar Mellencamp but tells the dark story of a woman trying to hide abuse in denial. “1994” is an upbeat song about an affair.

Garrigues says a great deal in nine songs. She shows an amazing understanding of human nature, and empathy for all situations. GroundSwell is one of the few great jewels of 2000. For more information visit

December 1st, 2000