Album Review | BLUEGRASS

Della Mae, ‘This World Oft Can Be’

This new album from Boston-based Della Mae, which follows its 2011 self- released debut, is one of the year’s more anticipated releases in the roots music world. It comes advertised as an album that straddles genre lines — a claim not without some merit, as the stately “Some Roads Lead On,” and the almost-poppy folk of “Paper Prince” demonstrate. But “This World Oft Can Be” makes clear that Della Mae’s deepest roots are in bluegrass, whether it’s the propulsive trad sound of “Letter From Down the Road / And Other Things” and “Turtle Dove,” the jazzgrass vibe of “Empire,” or the Celtic-tinged waltz “Ain’t No Ash Will Burn.” And it makes equally clear that the five young women who make up the group all possess instrumental virtuosity that coheres in vintage bluegrass fashion while giving lively support to the throaty sibilance of lead singer and principal songwriter Celia Woodsmith. “This World” marks Della Mae as an emerging bluegrass force. (Out Tuesday)

Stuart Munro

ESSENTIAL “Turtle Dove”

Della Mae is at the Lizard Lounge on June 1, Club Passim on June 3, and the Middle East on June 4.

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