Fantastic up and coming artist. The cd is wonderful and if you get the chance to see her live it is well worth the effort. Either her voice, her fiddle playing or the song selection alone would make this CD worth buying. Together it becomes a "must have" for any folk music lovers CD collection.
Note: She plays with Halali - a fiddle band that is also highly recommended.
Laura Cortese's "Even the Lost Creek" sways sweetly to a light country beat. Her voice is gentle and the musicianship is good. The opener "Blow the Candle Out" is peppy, although not totally memorable. Josh Ritter's "Blue Jays" sounds faceless. Kristin Andreassen & Dan Rose's title tune fares better like a bluesy haunted smoker despite oblique lyrics, "If your mind is limber, I think you'll see when you mine for lumber, it's coal you seek; Way back there at the roots of my hair there wasn't a diamond, just a living tree." After several nondescript tracks like "Morning Comes Around" & "The Boat Song," Cortese explodes on the lovely "Just Like Heaven." A couple Celtic instrumentals, the ballad "Jack Orion" and the closer "Night Train to Chelsea" follow without much impression. There's not a lot of spark. Cortese catches fire momentarily before napping through most of the disc. It's okay, neither awful nor wonderful. Enjoy!
I love this group, and I'm rather sad that they only have the one album. It is, however, an excellent album of fiddle music. That is if you like fiddle music, which I do. They have a Celtic feel to their music, but they play at a faster tempo than most Celtic fiddle music I've heard before. It's very happy music and I'd recommend the CD to anyone. The Band also has a website where you can get individual tracks if you wanted to, but then again why would you - the whole CD is great.
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