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A Warm Feeling Inside
on 13 July 2013
Diana Jones has a fine voice and a keen instinct for a good tune.
Her new album, recorded with two sympathetic fellow musicians, Shad
Cobb and Matt Combs, in Peter's Cabin at The Museum Of Appalachia,
delivers eleven songs which reflect the craft she has been quietly
honing over her past four splendid releases. This is honest, stripped-
down songwriting of the finest caliber. There's really nothing which
could be either added or taken away which might make it more perfect
than it is. Some might think that having a log fire crackling away in
the hearth is a bit of a hokey idea but for me it adds another layer of
charm and authenticity to the project. It serves to further warm our hearts.
Ms Jones' voice is a distinctive instrument; a tad hollow and dry in tone
but utterly unaffected. With songs such as these there is no room at all
for fussy decoration and she certainly doesn't need any added reverb to
cover up the cracks like so many performers these days! It's a pure and
beautiful thing. She captures the spirit of Appalachia with joyful aplomb.
From the restrained call for forgiveness of opening number 'O Sinner'; the
subtle mixture of humour and pathos in the lyrics of 'Drunkard's Daughter';
through the delightful vocal harmonies filling up the gently bouncing
arrangement of 'Orphan's Home' and the sublime final acapella duet 'The
Other Side', the world she creates is never less than totally believable.
An album to save up for long, dark Winter evenings.