This tender and melodious album from this cracking band is getting some deserved attention thanks to its lead singer, "Downton Abbey" star Elizabeth McGovern.
McGovern has a most pleasant voice, strikingly similar to her speaking voice, sounding like a more mellow Debbie Harry. By turns sultry and innocent, her voice fits the music like a glove. On-screen daughter Michelle Dockery provides backing vocals.
The simple and smooth arrangements have folky and country inflections, with occasional forays into lightly smooth jazz. It's a very relaxing and pleasant accompaniment to the day. Guitar, piano and a little tin whistle and steel guitar merge to a consistent sound. The musicianship on display here is superb, and highly accomplished.
For the most part the lyrics don't seek to make bold statements, it's the simple joys of life and domestic matters which are at the fore. None more so than on "The Cow Song": being happy with a loved one, watching a field of cows... "it's nice to watch the way they chew/I'm glad you brought me here with you". These simple observations and the innocent pleasure and wholesome charm don't mire the songs in humdrum detail however - it's smooth and pleasant through and through. There's variety here though and both sides of the coin are explored.
This is a mature and accomplished album. For the most part a mellow and relaxing listen, something to chill out to and smile. The overall feel is warm and optimistic, an ode to simple pleasures and the good life. Very enjoyable and enormously likeable.