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Essential - Over And Over Again,
This review is from: The Calling (Audio CD)
Ms Chapin Carpenter's music is an elusive and deceptive creature.
On the face of it she has always been a singer/songwriter whose album
releases have an enduring, predictable and reassuring quality.
Somehow one always seems to come along just when you need it.
So here we have her ninth offering (not counting the 'Party Doll' and
'Essential' compilations) and the word 'Essential' does indeed
have meaning here.
Her warm, tonally sound, rock-solid mezzo and guitar carry these
thirteen fine songs with good grace, refinement and consistantly
Matt Rollings production and keyboards, Dean Parks and John Jennings
guitars, Glenn Worf's bass and Russell Kunkel's drums bring superlative
musicianship to every song; whether in workman-like, foursquare rocking mode
or in the lucid decoration of a delicate ballad.
(AND BOY OH BOY DOES THIS LADY KNOW HOW TO WRITE A BALLAD !)
'Twilight'; 'On And On It Goes'; 'Houston'; 'Leaving Song'; 'Here I Am';
all among her best.
'Bright Morning Star' and the heart-wrending 'Closer And Closer Apart'
two of her VERY best !
This is music which creeps up on you slowly.
Wraps around you like a warm blanket.
Holds, nurtures and enriches our experience like an old friend.
....and we all need a little of that in our lives Mary.