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2007 album from the UK's most popular female Folk artist, her seventh album overall. Features guest appearances from Eddi Reader, Ian Carr, John McKusker, Leon Hunt and others. Pure.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PURE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I really enjoy Kate Rusby's singing style and voice.
Freakish Lemon
She has a beautiful voice which at times is mesmerising and this album continues the tradition of a mix of traditional songs and her own compositions.
Valley Man
This is one of Rusby's best albums, and if you are looking for a first album to hear this outstanding artist, this is THE album to listen to.
Christopher R. Travers

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David T. Steere, Jr. on September 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"I am wandering now.
Through this world
I am wandering, wandering,
These are the days I live now."
(from "Planets")

AWKWARD ANNIE is beautiful and melancholy. I don't want to read too much into the music knowing how difficult the last two years have been for Kate. I can imagine, though, it must have been as tough as her liner notes indicate. It's funny how you want artists you love to be happy and free from the heartaches which plague most humans. John McCusker must have been a tough genius to live with. The good news is that Kate has made one helluvah debut as producer and arranger. Definitely not adrift without the guiding brilliance of John.

The poignancy is potent in many places in the record--most strongly in "The Bitter Boy," "Farewell," "Planets," "Andrew Lammie" and "Daughter of Heaven." How many of the lyrics and sentiments are meant to be autobiographical I don't know--hard to avoid thinking so with "The Bitter Boy." As to her usual high standard, she mixes lovely traditionals (for which she's written music) and several gorgeous originals which--as is always the case with Kate--sound somehow old and new at the same time.

One characteristic, I think, of her producing and arranging is a new emphasis on instrumental interludes in the midst of the songs. I count eight songs in which the magic combination of instrumentalists are allowed to do their own thing for extended periods. How beautiful those players play. Several songs have a whole group of string players and several others a great mix of horns. The banjo figures in several songs more than in previous albums. And what a group of harmony singers: Eddi, Chris, Joe and the amazing deep voice of John Hudson.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Kate Rusby is one of the foremost musicians in the English-Celtic Traditional Folk group. If you've once heard her light, feathery voice, you won't forget her. It's light as a feather, but with the subtle tremolo that can send a listener soaring with joy or to the tissue box to wipe away a tear or two. From reading the liner notes, it appears Ms. Rusby's been through some tough times and that may be reflected in the selection of traditionals and composition of original music chosen here, particularly "Daughter of Heaven" and "Bitter Boy."

This collection of 12 songs, which runs about 52 minutes, includes four of Rusby's own compositions. They are "Awkward Annie", "The Bitter Boy", "High on a Hill", and "Planets". What amazes me about Rusby's own writing is the strong traditional sentiment. You can listen to "High on a Hill" right next to "Blooming Heather" (more commonly known as "Wild Mountain Thyme") and not realize that one of the songs was written today.

The remaining traditionals feature Rusby's arrangements, which are subtle and graceful. I've heard "Wild Mountain Thyme" from a wide variety of performers, both live and recorded and her "Blooming Heather" is one of the most beautiful.

My favorites from this CD have changed every time I listen to it. "Blooming Heather", "Daughter of Heaven" and "Planets" are the three selections that have gotten the most repeats so far, but that can change as times do.

Kate Rusby's a soothing companion on a day you just need to kick back with a cat or two in your lap and a cup of tea. If you're not familiar with traditional folk, she's a great artist to begin with. If you are, you will appreciate her elegant and evocative treatment of your old favorites.

Rebecca Kyle, May 2008
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Raquel on September 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Kate has once again captured my heart with this amazing album. She seems to share more of herself, more of her sorrows, and more of her own self-expression in this delicate work. The same beautiful voice is there, the same intricate melodies... and yet after listening to this album, I feel like I know Kate just a little bit better. For those of you who love other albums by Kate Rusby, this one will not disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Harris on October 20, 2008
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Kate has done it again, made a beautiful record. As my queen of folk music, Kate has once again not strayed from what she does best: used her angelic, lilting voice to bless beautiful though simple string arrangements (though not simple enough that I could ever hope to play them). This is Kate's first self-produced album, and she obviously knows what has worked for her on past albums and stays within that comfortable and warm song tradition that pulls me more and more towards her CDs in my collection. She's seemingly structured the melodies in just the right keys as to tap in to that magical special-something that happens right at the break in her voice when she slips over into her airy falsetto, just stunning.

My only complaint about this album is that I feel like Kate's voice is a little too low in the mix, maybe as a result of her producing herself and maybe feeling some small amount of self-consciousness about her own voice (just a guess). I'll just need to sit down with the liner notes to catch the lyrics that I'm not hearing as clearly as I might like.

I suspect, as with most of her other albums, that over time the melodies will seep into my subconscious so that eventually these songs will feel like I've always known them. That's when they somehow transport me to some "other country" where angels dare to tread. "Modern music" has got nothing on our wonderful little lassie Kate. God bless you, Kate. Keep up the wonderful work. PS Please tour in the USA someday. :)
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Where are the lyrics to this album? I can't find them anywhere!
go to this site which I found in two seconds by Googling "Kate Rusby lyrics" -
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