I recently went to see(August 31) Kate and her wonderful band at the Alban Arena, St Albans. I purchase the CD of this album, and she played quite a few tracks from it. It seems that the album was recorded at a time of personal loss and strain for her. This is reflected in a lot of the tracks, which have a profoundly melancholy feel to them. The track, 'Planets' is a good example of this. However this does not detract from anything you would expect from a Kate Rusby collection. The usual fine collection of players; McCusker, Cutting, Carr and Seaward plus some interesting brass and string arrangements.
Kate Rusby knows folk music very well but imbues it with something that is all her very own. She is genuine, self-deprecating and talented, something we are bereft of in this 'X' Factor world. In closing buy this album for a real treat, albeit a sad one.