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Baker's Dozen

Dark Nights Of The Soul: Chelsea Wolfe’s Baker’s Dozen
Greg Hyde , January 24th, 2024 10:42

From a teenage love of Fleetwood Mac and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet soundtrack, to real life encounters with Sunn O))) and Smashing Pumpkins, Chelsea Wolfe talks to Greg Hyde about the 13 records that most impacted her life


Loretta Lynn – Coal Miner’s Daughter

When I think of this album, I think of how honest and sincere Loretta Lynn was. Obviously, that’s the essence of country music: speaking truth to things. But I feel like her perspective, especially for that time, was so strong. There’s a song about leaving a man instead of sticking around, by contrast to that kind of ‘Stand By Your Man’ energy, which I also love: ‘The Man Of The House’. She’s talking about how her husband’s basically cheating on her and the man of the house is never home. But instead of sticking around and trying to make it work, she leaves. The man of the house comes home, and she’s not there anymore. She’s kind of a badass, Loretta Lynn. I think she has a unique perspective on things. There’s an empowerment to her music. I can see how it could be felt to be a happier album in this list because of that empowerment. This is definitely my favourite album of hers. It’s that sincerity, that honesty, that strong, empowered perspective. The quality of her voice speaks to me too. I love the way that she sings, and the way that she praises things as well.