Amy LaVere at the Shell this weekend

Amy LaVere is back.

Her new studio album will be released next week (July 19). It was produced by Craig Silvey, who worked with Arcade Fire on the record that won that band album of the year at the Grammys in February.

Some of the recording was done at New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall. LaVere’s hometown fans get a treat Saturday July 16 with a CD release party at 8:30 p.m. at the Levitt Shell.

Amy told me about her plans in April 2010 shortly after she’d settled on working with Silvey for her new record. She recalled Silvey coming out to see her shows when she was in London, and he did the sound for her when she was in London to appear on “Later … With Jools Holland.”

“He gets me,” she told me. “He’s worth the wait.”

A sentiment that will no doubt be shared by her fans about, well, her when she turns up at Overton Park this weekend.

Spin.com apparently liked the new record. Here’s their review:

“Part winsome alt-country gal and part avenging angel, Amy LaVere has made the breakup album of the year. Starting with ‘Damn Love Song’ (imagine a swampier ‘Hell’s Bells’), LaVere shoots one poisoned pop arrow after another at her ex. “You Can’t Keep Me” sports a hostage’s plea and an ominous organ that recalls Steve Nieve’s shadowing of Elvis Costello. ‘Great Divide’ traffics in tricky, Talking Heads time signatures while lamenting the spaces between lovers. LaVere sounds like a gifted kidnap victim — scared, angry, resourceful. You just know she’s going to set herself free.”

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