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Thread #85510   Message #1588795
Posted By: harpmolly
22-Oct-05 - 11:50 PM
Thread Name: Review: Kate Rusby, Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Subject: RE: Review: Kate Rusby, Girl Who Couldn't Fly

I see what you mean about "Airlie",-- even though I love it, I would be disappointed if I had heard a livelier version before. I did have a small temper tantrum when I got "10" and realized that she'd re-recorded "The Recruited Collier" as a very Valium-drenched slow version, whereas her original (from the Rusby/Roberts album) is vibrant and interesting and one of my favorites. It's definitely true that she does tend to slow things down a bit.

DB--I do love the trad tunes :) As I said, some of her melodies work really well, some aren't so successful (in my view of course). And about Eliza Carthy, I was responding to someone else's comparison, actually...but I think she's terrific, and has done a lot to bring folk music into the present. Also as I mentioned earlier, :) I don't love Kate Rusby because I think she's better or worse than anyone else, particularly. I don't think she's the end-all and be-all of folk music or that anyone else should. All I can say is that there's something about her voice that speaks to me and has done so on every album I've heard her on, whether or not I absolutely loved the entire album.

Thanks for responding, everyone...I'm enjoying this discussion. *grin*

P.S. I love Ian Carr's guitar playing, and I think it's one of the things that I enjoy most about Kate's recordings. I love John McCusker's playing, too, though I think he's a pretentious git. I hate how he rolls his eyes onstage when Kate is babbling on between songs. But then, I do love her babbling. That accent just kills me *big grin*