The much anticipated Mischief, released on July 16, 2010, perfectly delivers on exactly what you’d hope for from an S.J. Tucker album. Is it possible than artist already with nine albums under her belt could get any better? I didn’t believe it until I’d heard Mischief in its entirety and the answer is yes – the impossible has happened – S.J. Tucker is even better than ever! Mischief is another perfect balance of irreverent silly songs, fantastical songs of raven librarians, were-owls, and lion-tailed girls, as well as powerful beautiful songs that fully show off Sooj’s talents as a songwriter. The only downer about the album, for me personally, is the cover art. I’m not a fan of it, but others might be. So I don’t look at it and instead listen to the songs of Mischief over and over again, never getting sick of them.
Those who love S.J. Tucker’s silly songs will be gleeful with the songs “The Truth About Ninjas” and “Salad of Doom” (doom nom nom). Fans who best loved Sooj’s storytelling albums Solace & Sorrow and For the Girl in the Garden will be in love with the songs “Were-Owl“, “Girl with the Lion’s Tail“, “September’s Rhyme“, and “Cheshire Kitten” (Sooj’s tribute to Alice in Wonderland). Pagans and witches who loved her past albums Haphazard, Tangles, Sirens, and Blessings will fall in love with the rest of the songs on the album. My personal favourites include the surprisingly bluesy a capella “Love Lies“, the folksy “Don’t Get My Hopes Up“, and the rockin’ “Witchka” which I’m so happy she finally added to an album – you wont’ be able to resist singing along to it! If I had to pick one song from Mischief as my favourite, I wouldn’t even have to think about it, it would be “Neptune“. This gorgeous lush song gives me chills and goosebumps and makes my eyes well up with tears. It’s an ancient tale of an earth goddess who marries a god of the sea in a doomed match. The tale can be found from India to Northern Europe where it is known as the tale of Skadi and Njordr. I believe it features some of the best songwriting on Mischief.
Hear about the making of Mischief from the artist herself: