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Thread #139955   Message #3241014
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
18-Oct-11 - 07:43 PM
Thread Name: Review: THIS IS US: New Mudcat CD set
Subject: RE: Review: THIS IS US: New Mudcat CD set
OK, at the risk of hurting someone's feelings by not mentioning them, I want to point out some of LEJ's Picks on the Wood CD. I want to first say that the quality of the songs is at a very high standard, as it was on Sky, but the static inter-track pop is a trifle louder but not really annoying at all.
Amos gets the CD off to a great start with the familiar warm baritone many of us know and love, and Walls is a dandy.
The Snows they Melt the Sooner is a beautiful traditional song, and John Wilson does as great a rendition as I have heard.
This is followed by Turkish Tune by Crookshank, which is unusual, exotic, and might just be my favorite on the CD.
Agent Orange is an exquisitely sung heartbreaker by Richenda Bridge.
Dan Schatz summons up the spirit and style of Stan Rogers (at least for me) on The Promise of the Sowing, which is an anchor song for an album, I hope.
Rounding out my faves is Road to Ruin by "closet-folkie" Steve Robinson, who might fall into the "singer-songwriter" category if he's not careful. A very memorable tune done with style and grace.
But again, I liked everything I heard, and I can see that songs like Max's Monkey Song, Die Lorelei, Breath, Afghanistan, and Jacqui's Wiscasset Schooners will grow on me with repeated listenings.

Again, kudoes to everyone who made this project such a success!!