A long time ago when I were a lad, the Waterson family bestrode the English folk scene like colossi. Mike, Lal and Norma, along with Norma's husband, Martin Carthy produced fantastic albums of muscular unaccompanied harmony singing that which were guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and (if you were that way inclined) to have you belting out the choruses along with them.
Then things went a bit quiet.
On Common Tongue Martin, Norma and their daughter Eliza carry on that tradition in style. Of course they're not going to sound the same so they don't try. Instead we get a set of tunes and songs that benefit from Martin and Liza's instantly recognizable accompaniment weaving through and around the material, always supporting, never limiting the singer... heady stuff.
And it's all glorious. Standout moments are Norma's haunting rendition of _The Lowlands of Holland_, and the Waterson family reunion on _Stars in my Crown_, which is stunning. This is not genteel, mimsy folk music, but a thing of majesty, produced by three of England's finest at the height of their powers.
You owe it to yourself to hear this album.