Peter Karp/Sue Foley
He Said, She Said (Blind Pig)
As the title
suggests, the collaboration juxtaposes the perspectives of a man and a woman
about romantic relationships. Lines from one song respond non-sequentially to
lines from another. The painfully honest lyrics convey complex and dark
emotions such as anguish, despair and, especially, the fear that can accompany
love. In Karp’s “Ready for Your Love,” a song with qualities of a big hit, Karp
sings humorous yet real lines like: “You’re gonna rip the heart out of my
chest/ You’re gonna love me hard then leave me for dead.” In “Scared,” another
of Karp’s songs, Foley sings: “I don’t have a plan/ I don’t know where I stand/
I don’t know who I am/ All I can say is I love you darling…” The central focus
is of people with troubled, ambivalent thoughts who are trying to hold back
from or are hesitantly giving in to what lies ahead.
Although the lyrics are at the forefront of this album, the music sets the mood and traverses a variety of styles, including roots rock, flamenco, jazz and country blues. Karp’s slide guitar and Foley’s sweet voice are just two of the elements that make the instrumentals worth listening to as attentively as the duo’s interchange of themes.