Great double Mercury Music Prize nominated album from Carthy
Now if you like Fairport, Pentangle & Steeleye you will love the second disc"Rice", Eliza paying full tribute to her influences & then some.
But then we return to the first Disc, " Red", and the dance/folk fusion section of the album.
The only problem that I have with Red, is that it's simple not experimental enough, apart from the final two tracks "Russia" & "Red Rice" which she really lets rip, ala Primal Scream or The Chemical Brothers, the rest of the record is quite safe, with Carthy created the dace beats & rhythms using mostly traditional folk instruments.
What would have been far more interesting is that if the songs from Red had been handed over to a dance producer like Andy Weatherall, to dissect & recreate some virtually new.
Saying all that, it is still a fascinating listen, although not as successful as Rice, but that's not the point of recording something that is experimental & challenging, especially within the folk music genre, which to be honest isn't really renowned for its innervations.