BITTERTOWN
2004

β€œThe darkness on the edge of this Bittertown has obviously been explored many times before, but McKenna holds her own with the heavyweights, chiefly through the fine, well-observed details of her lyrics, her gritty delivery, and the rootsy Americana of her backing band. Sounding at times remarkably like Patty Griffin (a very good thing), McKenna spins her tales against a backdrop of acoustic and electric guitars, Hammond organ and lap steel. Despire the often-harrowing realities of life McKenna exposes, I find plenty of sweetness in Bittertown.” – Paste Magazine