on 26 May 2004
Judee Sill is one of the great lost talents - died an early death, leaving just this album and "Heartfood" behind her - the USA's answer to Nick Drake?
Wonderful songs, beautifully sung and brilliantly arranged - once heard, never forgotten - a mixture of Country and Western and J.S. Bach.
on 30 November 2005
After the adulation of Eva Cassidy and the continued deification of Nick Drake, is the music world ready for the next great re-discovery?
Judee Sill made only a couple of albums before drugs cut short her life, but this record is proof that her legacy should live on. it is a hauntingly beuatiful affair, with melodies that will lodge themselves in your head after only a couple of plays.
You need to get past the sub-Mamas & Papas la-di-da-ing and the irritation of too many late 60s strings poured like warm honey over some of the tracks, but the effort is worthwhile. This album will be in your CD player for weeks on end.
Try the first few bars of 'Abracadabra', gloriously enigmatic and ethereal; the unforgettable melody of 'Crayon Angels' or the punchy 'Jesus Was a Crossmaker', produced by Graham Nash. This is an album of fine songs delivered by a lady gifted with a silken voice, up there with the likes of Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell & Eva Cassidy as one of the great female vocalists of all time. The only regret is how much more she could have produced if her life was not so cut short.
Give this album to someone you love, or better still, buy it for yourself and treasure its every note!