An Unexpected Pleasure,
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This review is from: Way Up On the Hill (MP3 Download)
The Internet is a wonderful thing. Without YouTube, this little gem of an album would have remained undiscovered.
A fusion of British folk and Appalachian Bluegrass, this is a winning collection of largely self-penned songs in contrasting moods and tempos. The musicianship is scintillating, and in Chole Overton the band is blessed with a singer with a fine voice.
The album opens brilliantly with the mesmerising title track, a beautiful song that showcases Chloe's shimmering vocals; in the days before downloading individual tracks became commonplace, this song alone would have merited buying the whole album. I absolutely love it! Strawberry Leaves is an uptempo Bluegrass tune, before the mood turns melancholy with the wistful Winter Rose. Trafalgar Road is a dazzling instrumental that leads nicely into another terrific up tempo number, No Return. Whiskey is the best of the country-style tracks. Jerusalem Tart is the second instrumental, no less dazzling than the first. The album concludes with a fabulous version of Angelina Baker.
I feel a little churlish for withholding a star, but I'm not keen on Welcome to the Family and Rockin' Chair Daddy. Minor quibbles aside, this album is certainly worth exploring.