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Gentle, idiosyncratic, but a success,
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Make no bones about it, this is an odd album. But it's also a very lovely one, because CM has selected a pack of songs she loves, and cares deeply about, and uses them to explore her family heritage and to express her Welsh identity, without ever dropping into sentimentality (except 'Myfanwy' - and a non-sentimental version of 'Myfanwy' is like a non-cheerful P.G. Wodehouse novel - it's just not the thing at all). She has a glorious, breathy, expressive voice, and she has created modern orchestrations of these trad Welsh standards to suit her own style, and they pretty much all work. I have to say, though, it probably helps with some of the songs if you either know them as trad songs, or don't read the lyrics, since several translate as complete nonsense, and need to be seen in the context of Welsh culture ('Sospan Fach', I'm looking at you in particular - no matter how much you may go on about macaronics as part of Welsh cultural identity, it's still a nursery rhyme about saucepans).
The version of 'Ar Hyd Y Nos' is gorgeous.