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The Final, Sad Act of a Vanishing Career
on 11 April 2015
This really is desperate stuff when you compare it to, say, 'The North Star Grassman and The Ravens' from 6 years before. Everything about it, from the 'pop star' cover to the horrible over-production, reeks of a desperate final attempt to secure commercial success. Although Denny had written a couple of perfectly passable songs for the album ('One Way Donkey Ride' is one of her best, although 'Gold Dust' is one of her worst), and her choice of covers isn't bad (except for the misduged 'Candle In The Wind'), Trevor Lucas' production just swamps everything. He might have been trying to compensate for a voice that was truly fading owing to his wife's 'rock 'n' roll lifestyle', but, as can be seen from the alternate takes on the bonus material, he should have allowed the stripped down versions to stand, for, although the voice was cracking, it was still a powerful instrument. He should have also persuaded her to stick to folk material - she might not have liked the 'folk' tag, but that's what she always did best.
The versions on Disk Two makes this a worthwhile purchase - but only just.