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Little Lights [CD]

Kate Rusby Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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‘Everybody loves and respects Kate Rusby, not just for her lovely voice, but for the way she has moved folk forward while remaining true to tradition…’
Sunday Times 2012
“ …. exquisite interpretations of traditional material from the pocket sized folk singer with the heartbreakingly tremulous voice and bawdy Yorkshire wit”
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  • Audio CD (4 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Pure Records
  • ASIN: B00005J6U1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Playing Of Ball 3:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Courted A Sailor 4:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Withered And Died 4:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Merry Green Broom 3:250.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Let The Cold Wind Blow 5:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Canaan's Land 3:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Some Tyrant 5:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. William And Davy 4:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Who Will Sing Me Lullabies 5:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Matt Hayland 5:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. My Young Man 8:150.69  Buy MP3 

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Kate Rusby's fragile, haunting voice is only the first reason among equals that makes Little Lights such an unmitigated delight. Just as wondrous are her delicate acoustic arrangements of traditional tunes, the sensitive musicianship of her collaborators (notably guitarists Ian Carr and John Doyle, and the refined backing vocals of Eddi Reader) and, last but definitely not least, her burgeoning songwriting skills. There are more Rusby originals here than on her previous two solo albums, with the catchy story-songs "I Courted a Sailor" and "William and Davy" proving standout items. That is until the extraordinary climax of the album and "My Young Man"--a deeply personal song about Rusby's own grandparents--in which her molasses-rich voice is accompanied by a heavenly brass choir. Elsewhere an achingly mournful cover of Richard Thompson's "Withered and Died" once again demonstrates Rusby's subtle magic with other people's material. (As a bonus track, the Rusby clan get together for an impromptu family rendition of "The Big Ship Sails".) Anyone charmed by Rusby's Mercury Award-nominated Sleepless or her mature debut Hourglass need not hesitate. Those yet to discover one of the finest voices in British folk should rush to acquire all three. --Mark Walker

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all true. 16 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Everything you've heard of Kate Rusby is true. And it's had no better demonstration than on this disk.
Song after song of her blissful voice and a band absolutely on the top of their game. The combination may just leave you in slack-jawed bewonderment.
I suppose the thing that really resonates from the experience of listening to "Little Lights" is that you have an over-riding sensation that the songs were all written two hundred years ago and you've heard them throughout your entire life. You haven't, and five of these were penned within the last few years by Rusby herself. But there's a timelessness here (in its most faithful meaning - absolutely defying chronological positioning) which fosters a weight of history, a sense that they're all part of your life.
It sounds pretentious, I know.
But hear me out. The album flows perfectly and there is no weak track. And just when you think your sweet-melancholy can't be any further rung from you, she finishes off with "My Young Man", recorded with the brass of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. The song just staggers your legs and knocks the wind from your chest. No fancy production but, building from an a capella opening, the most subtle and moving arrangement imagineable. It's the song that nails the fifth star to this review.
I don't like to award five stars to anything but as the album winds up and I've got this knot in my chest, I just can't not.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head and heartfelt 12 Mar 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I have listened to Irish Folk for over twenty years... Condemning the English equivilant as tuneless and rough. Kate Rusby has won me over. This amasing album has not been off my CD player since I purchased it three weeks ago. "My young Man" brings me to tears every time I hear it. Folk music is alive and well in England, and it Hails from Barnsley.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful 19 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
The opening strains of this CD let you know what to expect: a hauntingly beautiful, natural voice along with simple accompaniment that together send the songs right into your heart.
Kate Rusby specialises in heart-breaking songs, whether "traditional" or originals - of which more later. This distinction is actually quite hard to make, as some of Kate's songs sound traditional but are her own compositions - a testimony to the way that she has imbibed folk music until it permeates her completely! In some cases she takes a traditional song but sets it to her own tune, either because the original tune is now lost, or simply because she wants to breathe fresh life into it.
This is at least as good as her two earlier albums. It is hard to articulate the appeal of her music. Her singing is very natural and, I suppose, understated - her voice seems to allow the songs to speak almost for themselves. I am reluctant to make comparisons, but the emotional power of her singing seems to "work" in much the same way as that of Sandy Denny.
It is hard to choose highlights. "Matt Hyland," "Withered and died", "My young man"... My absolute favourite is easily stated, however. "Who will sing me lullabies" is a heart-rending tribute to one of the backing singers on her first album. Here you see the skill of Kate's songwriting and singing as she invokes the angels who "heard my heart breaking, for it rang through the skies.." From anyone else a line like "The Man in the Moon, oh, he can't help but cry.... for there's no-one to sing me lullabies.." would sound corny, but from Kate it sounds just right, and unspeakably sorrowful. Even her vocalisation of the word "lullabies" gets right inside you... Many of her songs have the same effect!
I can't really say any more...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is pure inspirational Rusby 24 July 2001
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very rarely does an artist make three albums in a row where all have the same quality, beauty and carry the same delight. This album, Rusby's third, highlights her own inspirational songwriting. Favorites include 'who will sing me lullabies' and a heartwrenching song about her grandparents. These will most certainly bring a tear to the eye. Anyone who has not seen Kate live, must. This Barnsley lass is funny, witty and her voice live is just as breathtaking and pure as on her albums. So if you want a Rusby album...buy all three!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She has done it again!! 22 Feb 2002
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Format:Audio CD
She has done it again!! This album is pure magic all the way through even if Froots thinks no chances are taken. The mix of musical styles from notable contributors and the creative use of the brass band has the emotions moving one way and the other. For me there are two songs that I cannot get out of my head - "Who Will Sing Me Lullabies" is sublime and almost as moving as the tear jerking "Withered And Died". To top it all she is beautiful as well! I have played this album at work and several people have bought it as a result. Roll on the fourth album
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars little lights-big star 1 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Every so often-and it isn't very often-an artist appears who seems to be descended from a transcendent realm; a kind of Platonic form of beauty. Kate Rusby is surely one such artist. All three of her solo albums have been gems but this one even surpasses the Mercury nominated 'Sleepless'. For once the media hype surrounding this artist is well and truly deserved. She is thoroughly modern taking folk music to those who have never previously considered it-just look at the cross-section of people who attend her concerts. But she is more than just a modern young woman who 'is dead proud to be a folk singer'. This album illustrates something that is particularly difficult to articulate. But its essential beauty and brilliance lies within a paradox. That is that in interpreting folk songs, and writing her own, to reflect the times in which she is living, Rusby is giving an utterly authentic voice to the ancientness of the folk tradition. When were these sings written? Yes, today but also yesterday and, hopefully, always. Here is a modern folk record that is the most traditional of artefacts. I hope Kate Rusby would regard this as the compliment it is meant to be.
It is very difficult to pick out tracks from this. The up-tempo numbers such as 'I courted a sailor' and 'William and Davey' show off the band at their best; subtle, sophisticated and truly uplifting arrangements. The 'slower' tracks are all sublime, from the haunting 'Let the Cold Wind Blow' to her own two beauties, 'Who will sing me lullabies' and 'My young man'. It is almost impossible to listen to these latter two without being moved to tears. If there is one reservation it is that all these songs sound even better now in live performance, more testimony to the fact that Kate Rusby is contributing massively to the organicness of the tradition.
She is a rare talent and this is a beautiful record. How fitting that the cover photograph shows her with a halo of stars. Little Lights but a big, big star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly beautiful album
I bought this album for a close friend of mine and we both found it to be very calming which always lightens your mood, definitely something worth buying.
Published 10 months ago by meeegggaaannn hoof.
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
The cd is in good condition. Kate Rusby sings nice. Perhaps too much so for my liking! I will get used to it I'm sure
Published 14 months ago by H. L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
This is one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard. Tracks "withered and died" and "who will sing my lullabies" are my favorites, but then again, every track is stunning! Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by beretta
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming, heart breaking
A superb album from Britain's leading folk artist. There is a certain wistful melancholy to the tunes on 'Little Lights', which both warms the heart, and compels the audience to... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by GreenMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to hear before you die
What can one say? The haunting sweet voice and the way the brass is used I had to listen several times before it dawned on me 'She has a brass section playing on this. Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by Jack Flowers
5.0 out of 5 stars an album in a thousand
I am not a folkie as such. I saw & loved Metallica's second ever UK gig and was a big fan of early techno. Read more
Published on 9 April 2010 by D. Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful!
I bought this album because i stumbled across the song 'who will sing me lullabies' on youtube and well what can i say it's just so beautiful. Read more
Published on 12 April 2008 by N.Rook
5.0 out of 5 stars Rusby's best album
Having been following this singer/songwriter for nearly ten years now, I believe that "Little Lights" is Kate's best. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2006 by muddy-funster
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Star!
I first saw Kate perform live at the Sidmouth Festival in 2004 and she was incredible. She has the ability to project emotion and feeling unlike most other artists today. Read more
Published on 24 April 2005 by Dr. M. Condon
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING
This is the first album i have bought of Kate's but definately wont be the last. Her voice is amazing and her yorkshire accent coming through is a welcome change. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2004 by lauren fothergill
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