Susan's Room, Room #5 (Zanna Discs 2000)- Former Berkeley hippie Susan Streitwieser now lives in Los Angeles, where she records and plays with her husband-guitarist, Tom Manche. Now on her fifth album (entitled Room #5), Susan and Tom deliver folk rock, with a sense of angst and alienation.
The band on Room #5 includes Susan and Tom, joined by friends Albe Bonacci on drums and percussion and Ritt Henn on bass.
Don't be fooled by the gentle appearance - Susan walks with a knife in her hand on songs like "Can I Still Say Yes?" While I'm not sure what Susan means when she sings about being the "Lawn Mower Man," there's a definite tension.
And who can resist a cover of Joe Jackson's knife-in-your-back break up song, "Be My Number Two" (the only cover on this 14-track collection).
Susan's press kit says her songs are "everything from sad to sweet to wild to beautiful, and sometimes all of the above."
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