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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Laura has always had great respect for country music's traditions, yet has managed to keep her music relevant to changing trends. This still sounds like a country album, but with some noticeable differences compared to yesteryear.

Laura wrote or co-wrote all of the songs except Beg or borrow days (written by Jennifer O'Connor). When I first saw the track listing, I wondered if Washday blues might by a cover of an obscure Dolly Parton track (a top 30 country hit in the 70's for her in America) but Laura's recording is her own song, and very impressive it is with a plaintive mandolin, sounding like a bluesy song should do in a country setting.

After a couple of plays, my provisional favorite tracks are Driving down your street (featuring a tastefully played banjo), the title track and Washday blues, but there is plenty of great music here that should delight all of Laura's existing fans and possibly win her some new fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2014
Laura Cantrell has a light, clear voice and the musical arrangements of her country songs use simple, stripped-down instrumentation that avoids the rhinestone corn of so much of that genre. This is her fifth studio album and on first listen it comes across as a fresh, pleasant collection of original songs that deserves further attention. However, it appears pale in comparison to her brilliant debut of 2000, 'Not the trembling kind', that John Peel famously described as possibly the favourite album of his life. It set a standard that, sadly, she is unlikely to ever achieve again. It is not Laura's voice that has deteriorated over the years, it is the quality of the songs and that is what is lacking from this latest album: great songs. That said, there is nothing to dislike here. But neither is there anything to amaze me. It needs something to add substance to the fragile vulnerability of her singing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2014
At first hearing this is not as impactful as other LC albums. Hopefully it grows on me over the coming weeks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
Actually this was bought for my husband but I really like it too. He loves it! Bit of a change from her other albums - slower - what's not to like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
A brilliant return, Saw Laura at Union Chapel in London and she was perfect live as well as on record.
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on 2 May 2014
I always look forward to new material from laure Cantrell and this doesn't disappoint would happily recommend to anyone who likes good female vocals and song's with intelligent lyrics
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on 27 November 2013
Another good one from laura. Comes on the heels of "Kitty Wells Dresses." More original
Material here. She is always good.
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on 27 November 2013
A am a fan, but even so this is a fantastic album. If you like her other albums, you MUST get this one.
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on 8 November 2013
Overall, just a great set of songs beautifully sung by Laura. Excellent band sound creating a perfect Americana record. Well Done !!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you like listening to Laura, you will like this album, "simple", not so sure about the Kitty Wells album but this is a return to form, for me anyway
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