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I love lesley garretts music as a rule but this particular album didn,t work for me apart from a couple of songs , i.e the more traditionally arranged tracks the collier lad and dance to your daddy also suo gran is beautiful and sung beautifully . I found on most tracks the orchestral arrangements were too overpowering which lesleys voice appears to be trying to compete with and she's really belting it out , the tracks where leslie softens and lowers her vocal tone and adds some dialect are much easier on the ears .
I feel these traditional songs are as much about story telling as they are singing and the singing tone needs to be modulated accordingly and perhaps musically they lend themselves better to more traditional instruments it was all a bit too fast and furious for me the listening experience lacked the charm and atmosphere these songs deserve .
I feel Lesley could have experimented a bit more vocally ,iv'e heard several more authentic versions of these songs over the years which really work for example pastime with good company by blackmores night using traditional instruments or john tams version of over the hills and far away sung in yorkshire dialect and the authenticity shines through tells a story and conjures up the plot , i feel a bit of vocal risk taking would have worked ,these songs provided the perfect opportunity .