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A Heart Ablaze,
This review is from: Heart Of My Own (Audio CD)
The opening track of Basia Bulat's new album
'Heart Of My Own' made my heart beat 20% faster!
The big rattling martial snare drum on 'Go On'
drives the guitar and fiddle laden arrangement
along with hugely energetic gusto! It's a cracking
beginning to a consumately conceived project.
Ms Bulat is a singer/songwriter of distinction
and considerable originality. Not quite country;
not quite folk; a little bit pagan; a whole
lot strangely unsettled and unsettling soul!
Her voice has a curiously dry but affecting quality;
warm around the edges with a gentle vibrato in the middle.
If you are fond of Arcade Fire you may also find
much to love in this vibrant, passionate music.
Crikey! 'Gold Rush' romps along at a fair old pace
(that snare drum again rattling away like the devil
snapping at her heels!) An energetic, inspiring
and uplifting anthem! The ribald harmonies create an
effect not unlike the commentary from a Greek chorus.
The chiming dulcimer; the fizzing strings; it's a
marvellously heady concoction. I loved every last moment!
Conversely 'Sparrow' is a fragile and perfectly formed
ditty of far more intimate proportions. Utterly charming.
If there was ever a place in the world for a ukelele it's right here.
More rip-roaring up-tempo mayhem is unleashed on 'If Only You'.
(Even the dodgy trumpets cannot drag the Diva down!)
Another stirring presentation and a wonderfully fluffed ending!
'The Shore' is a lovely composition. Full of gently jangling
textures (the magical tones of the dulcimer once more) and
probably the finest melody and most accomplished vocal
performance in the whole collection.
The gospel-like arrangement of final track 'If It Rains',
brings the album to an exhilarating conclusion.
I'm very, very glad I stumbled across it.
I'll take a risk in saying I think you'll like it too.