The Big Freeze is New York-based songwriter Laura Stevenson's fourth solo album and first full-length in four years. Recorded in her childhood home during the dead of winter, the record -- named for the universe-chilling opposite the big bang -- is a departure for Stevenson. Though her pedigree is in punk, Freeze has little in the way of distortion.
Stevenson is a songwriter whose strengths have gone unsung for far too long, but The Big Freeze is likely to change that. At times you will be reminded of classic American songwriters from both the mainstream and the fringe, whether it's Jason Molina, Judee Sill, Harry Nilsson, or Dolly Parton. But always you will be reminded of the power of the human voice (and a single guitar) to invoke the universe. Or in this case, its end.