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Sweet Liberty

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0000AQVEL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,781 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Cara Dillon's 2001 debut was a remarkably assured collection and justifiably acclaimed. Although mainly traditional tunes, it was nevertheless infused with a modern sensibility and artful, understated arrangements courtesy of personal and professional partner Sam Lakeman. Of course, all this would have not have mattered without Dillon's crystalline, angelic voice, an instrument of rare beauty capable of melting the sternest of hearts. Unsurprisingly, Sweet Liberty is basically more of the same, which should please Cara's many fans.This time, however, Cara and Sam have cut down on the traditional tracks and begun to exercise what amounts to a considerable song writing muscle. The praise for the self penned ''Blue Mountain River'' has obviously inspired them to put pen to paper once more. Their originals sit happily alongside the traditional, reinforcing the debt they owe it while pointing to a distinct musical identity of their own. Also included is the beguiling version of Tommy Sands' ''There Were Roses'', best known from Billy Connolly's most recent television series, plus a cover of Johnny Moynihan and Terry Woods' ''Standing on the Shore'', made famous by Anne Briggs. The latter is particularly poignant, floating on a delicate drone and understated percussion. Sam Lakeman's piano lines still ripple magically throughout, while his brother Seth adds his usual assured fiddle flourishes. Sam's arrangements never overwhelm Cara's vocals, but are certainly more assured than on the debut. Sometimes echoing the experimentalism of the pair's days with Equation, they make use of a wide range of instrumental textures. As you would expect, the playing is faultless throughout. Occasionally, as on ''Broken Bridges'', the combination is stunning, as Cara's ethereal vocals entwine over a shifting bed of drums, whistle and harmonium to remarkable effect. After one of the most rapturously received solo debuts by any folk artist, 'Sweet Liberty' comes with a lot of expectations. It's no great surprise then that Cara Dillon and partner/producer Sam Lakeman haven't strayed far from the formula that made Dillon such a success. Although there's less reliance on traditional songs, this new album uses many of the same musicians and sticks to similarly sparse crystalline arrangements that periodically build into crescendos, but neatly avoid bombast by subsiding gracefully just when they should. A big part of Dillon's appeal lies in her girlish voice (similar to Kate Bush with a Derry brogue) and the fact that she often chooses material that has strong connections with her roots - "The Gem Of The Roe" and "The Winding River Roe" being two fine examples. Such songs have usually stood the test of time as a result of distinctive melodies and it takes courage to juxtapose them with original material, as Sweet Liberty does with success. (Jon Lusk)

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After one of the most rapturously received solo debuts by any folk artist, Sweet Liberty comes with a lot of expectations. It's no great surprise then that Cara Dillon and partner/producer Sam Lakeman haven't strayed far from the formula that made Dillon such a success. Although there's less reliance on traditional songs, this new album uses many of the same musicians and sticks to similarly sparse crystalline arrangements that periodically build into crescendos, but neatly avoid bombast by subsiding gracefully just when they should.

A big part of Dillon's appeal lies in her girlish voice (similar to Kate Bush with a Derry brogue) and the fact that she often chooses material that has strong connections with her roots--"The Gem of the Roe" and "The Winding River Roe" being two fine examples. Such songs have usually stood the test of time as a result of distinctive melodies and it takes courage to juxtapose them with original material, as Sweet Liberty does with a fair degree of success. While "Everywhere" and "Broken Bridges" pass this test, it's unlikely that "Where Are You" and "Falling like A Star" will be remembered as classics in years to come. Even so, the latter seems worthy of inclusion for its apparently autobiographical content, which could easily be interpreted as a comment on early days in the failed folk "supergroup" The Equation. The mix of five original compositions (up from only two on Cara Dillon), five arrangements of traditional songs and two covers seems judicious, especially given the fine reading of Tommy Sands' affecting anti-sectarian lament "There Were Roses". But it does beg questions about exactly how hard that "difficult third album" will be. --Jon Lusk

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