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Thread #65582   Message #1296369
Posted By: Zhenya
13-Oct-04 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: wahts your favourite KAte rusby song9
Subject: RE: wahts your favourite KAte rusby song9
I really like her singing and particularly the Hourglass album. I've seen her in concert and she's a great performer too.

The one thing I don't quite understand (probably related to the "They all sound the same" comment is why she "flattens out" (my term) the melodies of well-known songs. At any rate, she changes them a bit here and there, not for the better in my opinion. The melodies seem to lose their most appealing (sometimes modal I guess) qualities and just sound very bland. I think this is the problem more than her singing. And she has a beautiful voice and it doesn't seem that the normal range of these songs would present a problem to her. And she certainly has a strong background in traditional music and would be familiar with these types of traditional melodies. Not sure why she does it, but it's the one thing that really detracts from her music for me.

Well, that being said, some favorites are The Maid of LLanwellyn (done with the Poozies), Wild Goose, As I Roved out, Annan Waters, and Bold Riley.