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    Album of the Week: Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread

    This weeks album of the week is Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread and here is what www.pastemagazine.com had to say.....

    Like a good claret or damp moss, Rosanne Cash’s singing is something to sink into. Surrender to the tones—mostly dark, but marked by the occasional glimmer of light—and let the emotions they contain seep inside.

    For Cash, the emotions on The River & The Thread are complex and tangled. Beyond what she sings about—the ghost of Emmett Till on the haunting “Money Road,” the widow of The Tennessee Three’s bassist Marshall Grant on the acoustic-picked “Etta’s Tune,”—there is the Grammy-winner’s own difficult relationship with the South, her roots and her own musical journey.

    What emerges, beyond a woman grappling with a legacy, as much in the rich bottomland as her father Johnny’s iconic presence as the voice of America, is a knowing embrace of the conflicts in the things we love. The chooglin’ “World of Strange Design,” strung with a neon fishing wire guitar solo from Derek Trucks, addresses the notions of problems and things we refuse to acknowledge for that embrace.

    Still, the 11-song cycle is mostly a meditation on the textures and musical forms that emerged south of the Mason-Dixon line. The title track suggests each piece does not create a whole, yet the essence can be found in any little piece—just as the Mississippi River serves as a metaphor for the blood in her veins.

    Whether tender—as the almost lullaby of “Night School” or the aching “Tell Heaven”—or savoring the moment—the roiling invocation of a religious AM station “50,000 Watts” that saunters like an alley cat on the prowl—Cash has never sounded as comfortable or engaged. These songs are plumbing something deep inside, something she doesn’t need to flex or open a wound to inhabit.

    Finding not just resolve, but acceptance, is a gift. Cash, who’s sidestepped her heritage, and eschewed a career as a country star with 11 No. 1 hits, a marriage to a country writer/producer/artist Rodney Crowell and the city and industry where she found prominence, savored her wandering the Manhattan life she built. With The River & The Thread, she comes home with the warmth reserved for knowing where we’re from.

    As powerful a witness for the region—Memphis, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas—as it is a lovely quilt of musicality, braiding blues, folk, Appalachia, rock and old-timey country, this is balm for lost souls, alienated creatures seeking their core truths and intellectuals who love the cool mist of vespers in the hearts of people they may never encounter

     

     

     

    RTÉ Radio 1 Album of The Week: Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of Pentacles – Suzanne Vega

     The weeks RTÉ Radio 1 Album of the week is Suzanne Vega - Tales From the Realm of The Queen of Pentacles.

    Here is what Cooking Vinyl had to say....

    Vega’s much-welcomed first new material in seven years.

    By Andy Fyfe February 3, 2014 MoJo.com ( Also their Album of the Week that week)

    Whatever made Vega spend her last four years re-recording her own back catalogue as four themed albums – like someone re-filing their CDs from alphabetical into ‘feel’ – it seems to have unblocked whatever was preventing her from releasing new material. And to celebrate, here is the folky singer-songwriter in totally new guise: Suzanne Vega, Rock Chick. Well, not quite, but in a career more noted for hushed moments it’s still a surprise to hear electric guitars played in anger. And it’s a good look. Vega dips into the Tarot for songs about spiritual growth, death, the afterlife and Vaclav Havel, while an array of session superheroes – among them Larry Campbell and Gail Ann Dorsey – fill the album with crackling electricity that even gets a little menacing on live showstopper I Never Wear White. It’s hardly Dylan goes electric, but the intent is much the same.

     

     

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