I'm a wee bit late to the party on this one, but now that I'm here I'm having a rerr old time of it. This is the follow-up to Jennifer's debut solo album "A Few Small Things", but Bath based singer / songwriter Ms Crook has been plucking away for a fair while now as an in demand harpist, especially since her appearance as finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition awards. And this is really, really good.
Recorded just along the motorway at Kyoti Studio in Glasgow by Mark Freegard, who has worked with Del Amitri and Marillion amongst others, it features harmonies from Eddi Reader (but I'll let it slide this time) and a duet with Darrell Scott from Robert Plant's Band of Joy. The whole shebang was produced by Boo Hewerdine and there are a whole host of top musical names with Kevin McQuire (Eddi Reader/Karine Polwart) on double bass and from The Eliza Carthy Band, Jennifer's regular cellist Beth Porter.
There isnae really a weak note on "Merry Go Round", as the collection of songs is just beautifully produced, arranged and performed. If you don't get a warm glow when you listen to songs like `She Wore Red', `Come September, 'Cowboys' or 'Catching Butterflies', then I can only assume that you are cold and dead inside. An amazing, amazing record, the kind of thing that gives modern folk a good name.