Prairie Rehab is a new project that joins newcomer singer/songwriter Lacie Mangels with former members of The Linemen. The catchy songwriting combines elements of Americana, country, power pop, and even jazz with lyrical depth, and the sound brims with crystalline female vocals, pedal steel, fiddle, horns, piano, and B3 organ.
"…Prairie Rehab uses melodic, twang-burnished folk as a springboard for several strands of genteel pop music. Mangels' lilting warble is a bit reminiscent of both Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris in places, but there's an unassuming, affectless tone to her delivery that sidesteps artifice in favor of straight-ahead harmonic accuracy."
"…The gorgeous "Up and Away (Strawberry Roan)" is ostensibly a song about a horse, but Mangels turns it into a meditation on growth, love and loss in a few brief but loaded verses. You may have to pull the lyrics sheet out to figure out how she made you tear up in such a short space - and then you may have to listen to it five times in a row. "
The Riverfront Times
Weights and Measures CD