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4.0 out of 5 stars Cara Does It Again !
The second solo release from the one-time All-Ireland Singing Champion and former member of Oige. As with Cara's first release, husband Sam and brother-in-law Seth both play on this album, and sister Mary once again provides backing vocals. Recorded in Somerset, Sam is also listed the album's producer.
Cara's first album featured only three songs that weren't...
Published on 11 Nov 2003 by Craobh Rua

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not that good
After the stunning 'Cara Dillon' album, I must admit my hopes were high for this next offering. I am sad to say I am a little disappointed. Cara's voice is as pure and distinctive as ever - she is unbelievably talented. But the songs themselves do not grab me - with the exception of 'Broken Bridges'. I will buy Cara's next album - that's for sure - but won't have such...
Published on 4 Mar 2004


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5.0 out of 5 stars In hindsight, a really excellent album, 28 Aug 2009
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R Heany (Co. Tyrone, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I've owned this album since it's release in 2003 and like a couple of other reviewers was originally quite taken by some of it and slightly confused by the rest. However, hindsight is a wonderful thing and when judged in context amongst all her recorded work, it has to be said that this is every bit as accomplished as her other albums and is really quite adventurous in parts. There isn't another artist in the folk or commercial world that does anything even remotely close to this and Cara's vocals are (as ever) absolutely breathtaking. My favourite tracks are "Erin The Green", " Broken Bridges" and "Where are You" but they change quite regularly. This album illustrates Sam Lakeman's production talents and puts him is way ahead of anything else in the genre. I still find it amazing that Cara and Sam can place ancient traditional songs (albeit in relatively contemporary arrangements) alongside original ones that wouldn't seem out of place on a Kate Bush album and it never seems to jar. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cara's pours 'Cafe Latte', 26 April 2004
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Arthur Dooley (N Wales) - See all my reviews
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After the 'expresso' strength of her eponymously titled debutalbum,Northern Ireland's sultry,fragile songbird leaves behind the safeand familiar territory of traditional ballads re-jigged in her owninimitable style and instead adopts a more risky strategy by recordingmany of her own co-written tracks.
Unfortunately,although Cara has aunique,beautiful voice,Joni Mitchell she ain't !
Sadly,although it makes for pleasant,easy listening,there are no stand outtracks to lift it above mediocrity.
Even the political 'there wereroses' used on Billy Connolly's 'World Tour' BBC1 series,sounds trite anddull.
Hopefully,Cara will get back to her roots for her next album and pour usanother traditional 'expresso' !
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3.0 out of 5 stars On the whole disappointing, 2 Mar 2010
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F. L. Price "F L Price" (North Bucks, England) - See all my reviews
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I came to this CD having been seduced by Show of Hands and quite enjoying Seth Lakeman and wishing to explore more folk. This is nt a bad CD but its not what I was expecting.

To begin with I cant quite understand why Dillon's voice is so lauded - at times it seems a bit thin. I doubt she could handle a high energy rock tune.

The subject material also is a little too specifically Irish and therefore inaccessible for this Englishman's taste. 'There Were Roses' which other reviewers have praised I find toe-curlingly awful both from a musical and lyrical standpoint. I skip this track.

As commented upon by other reviewers the tempo of the CD is slow. It really could use some upbeat arrangements.

Having said all of that there are songs on this Cd which do it for me. 'Where are you', 'Bonny Bonny' and 'Broken Bridges' are all good efforts with O'Grady's pipes and Lakeman's violin adding much-needed atmosphere.

Overall though I am disappointed by this CD - just background music really.
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