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on 5 August 2010
I have read with dismay Roger Tyler's review below and was compelled to compose my own just in case anyone is swayed by his bizarre analysis of a wonderful record.
For the record, I am a bit of a fan of our Cerys, but not the sort of fan who will lavish praise blindly on an artist, even when it is undeserved. Here, though, the praise is warranted. Cerys takes 16 traditional Welsh folk songs, some more well-known to "the masses" than others, and decorates them with her sweet voice and simple arrangements.
What is most striking about this album is the genuine warmth and love Cerys gives each track. They are clearly very close to her heart and she treats each one with the respect she feels they deserve. It's hard to pick highlights, but 'Sosban Fach' got my 13-year-old singing along, while 'Bread of Heaven' and 'Land of My Fathers' produced rousing renditions from the four of us.
Elsewhere, 'Myfanwy' and 'Llwyn Onn' are sung with such tenderness (the latter a capella), they bring a tear to the eyes, while in 'Cân Merthyr' and 'Yr Insiwrans Agent' Cerys sounds like she was having a ball.
Without a doubt, the most gorgeous album of 2010 so far, a year blossoming with great albums by female singer-songwriters (Laura Marling, Gemma Ray, Lissie, Kristin Hersh). And not a single out-of-tune guitar to be heard (Mr Tyler - what WERE you listening to?).