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Thread #108262   Message #2266017
Posted By: mandotim
19-Feb-08 - 05:07 AM
Thread Name: Kate Rusby sings Sandy Denny !!!!
Subject: RE: Kate Rusby sings Sandy Denny !!!!
There is undoubtedly room for Kate Rusby in the acoustic-ish music world, and I'd love to see her go from strength to strength. I can appreciate what her fans see in her; there is a sense of vulnerability and delicacy that can be very appealing. Other singers have had this; remember Sandie Shaw? Nobody's idea of a singer, but she had a magnetic quality when performing. I don't like Kate Rusby's voice much, too soulless and dispassionate for me. I'd love her to let it out sometime, and sing as if she really felt what she was singing.
I think examples are useful; try listening to Mary-Chapin Carpenter singing her song 'The Moon and St Christopher'. The first time I heard this was on a video, with just a guitar and Nanci Griffith singing harmony. M-C C's vocal was so raw, compelling and emotional that there were tears rolling down Nanci's face as she tried to hold herself together enough to sing the chorus. Then listen to Kate Rusby's version, which comes across as a pretty but unemotional acoustic pop song. It's not the musicality, or even the presentation that is the issue for me; it's the apparent emotional detachment.
IMHO, of course.