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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Unknown
  • ASIN: B0009F2C8O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Humming by the Flowered Vine' is the much-anticipated third album (and Matador debut) by Nashville-born, New York-based performer Laura Cantrell. Produced by JD Foster (Richard Buckner, Marc Ribot), 'Humming by the Flowered Vine' features ten extraordinary songs both crafted and caught. As on her two previous albums, 'When the Roses Bloom Again' and 'Not the Tremblin' Kind,' Laura's own compositions are some of the highlights. "Khaki & Corduroy" is a meditation on being a transplanted Southerner in New York City, "California Rose" was inspired by the West Coast country music pioneer Rose Maddox, and "Old Downtown" draws on the story of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York. 2005.

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Laura Cantrell has exceptional taste. One listen to her celebrated radio show "Radio Thrift Shop"on WFMU and you will know this instantly, as she mixes old school country and bluegrass with the best contemporary singer-songwriters. The cover art to this, her third album, is by the superlative artist Fred Tomaselli, and her choice of arcane, literate, and lovely cover songs is exquisite: a previously unreleased Lucinda Williams song ("Letters"), an obscure Appalachian murder ballad originally collected by her great-great aunt ("Poor Ellen Smith"), and a fabulous tune by singer-songwriter Emily Spray ("14th Street"). Of course, if good taste were all it took to be a great artist, we'd all be great artsists, right? Laura's not a crooner per se, but she has become an amazing singer, with delightful control over her voice. In fact, Cantrell sounds a lot like the long-lost, Tennessee-born sister to Linda Thompson, especially on the Dave Schramm-penned "And Still," and her own "Old Downtown." This is cosmic, American music, sung with subtlety and produced perfectly by JD Foster. –Mike McGonigal.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A.N. on June 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Laura Cantrell has a gorgeous voice.

I downloaded her song "14th Street" as it had the New York appeal. By the end of the week I had found her CD "Humming by the Flowered Vine" and it was well worth the import price. The fact that she is a New York based performer appeals even more as I love songs that are about New York or can be sung southerly about The City in the right note.

Laura does not disappoint or fail at any attempt. There are guest musicians that appear on the making of this record and just add an added bonus to the rotation of the music that spins in the player.

As the entire CD is outstanding, here are the A++ tracks:

-My number 1 favourite track is "Old Down Town," stunning at 6 minutes & never once gets mundane; many artists can not pull of a song for this length of time without losing the plot and heading in the wrong direction. This finds Laura singing about home and the complications of modern day city lifestyle.

-2nd Favourite is the downloadable MP3 "14th Street" which is exactly how I discovered upon this great very under-rated talent.

-The 3rd brilliant tune for me is "Letters."

Laura, all those times you played & sang in coffee houses surely paid off. I as a music lover feel the passion in the songs. This is fact not fiction as she was hand picked by Elvis Costello to open for his U.S. tour.

The New York times sums up the brilliance of Laura Cantrell best when they said:

"As Laura Cantrell performed 'Khaki and Corduroy,' her sleepy-sad reflection on being a Southerner transplanted to New York City . . . the auditorium [Jazz at Lincoln Center] was awash with the kind of cosmic wistfulness that the best country and folk music can conjure when it dreams of the past.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Morris on July 20, 2005
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Having adored Ms. Cantrell's first two outings, especially 'Not the Trembling Kind' (which I played obsessively, even non-stop, for three days or so after I bought it), I picked this one up the day it came out and popped it right into my portable CD player (yes, I'm one of those dinosaurs without an iPod)... and I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. She seems to have abandoned the largely traditional and stripped-down sound that made for so much of the charm of her first two CDs in favour of a ambitious palette... but one which I don't think suits her. I understand that L.C. wants to grow as an artist and not just keep cranking out what her fans expect of her over and over again, but I don't think she's playing to her strengths here...

...but then again, some of the music I love the most today I hated ay first hearing, so I'm willing to stick with this one - I'll get back to you if and when the penny drops!...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Great Faulkner's Ghost TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 18, 2005
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Since I concur with the positive comments on the performance posted by other LC fans, I won't bore you with repeating mine here. but I must add a negative comment here on the mixing and/or mastering of this CD: it is ill-suited to LC's extraordinary artistry. LC's beautiful voice is made distant, edgy and the volume is too low relative to the instrumentation. The dynamic range is compressed; the instrumnts are one big muddle, with too much upper midrange and little bass. This especially strange here, as her previous album (WTRosesBA) was mastered in pristine HDCD sound.Too bad about this one, as the perormances are very fine.

Still, I am a huge admirer of LC's work, and hope that no one will be deterred by these comments from buying this, despite the mediocre sound. I hope that the next one will be mixed and mastered at the high level of Ms. Cantrell's artistry.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. C Goodstein on July 17, 2005
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It's true this album is a bit of a departure from the 'updated' Kitty Wells

sound of her first two albums-- but I think successful. The only slight

overreach IMO is Lucinda Williams's "Letters," which even approaches

rock slightly, but isn't that distinguished a song (apologies to LW fans).

I like the somewhat new mix of instruments and those ballady songs like

"Khaki & Corduroy" (great stuff!!) & "Bees." I think her writing is finding

a more individualistic voice & this album is a positive step forward-- & I like the trad. ones too, including cool yet semi old timey vibe on "Poor Ellen Smith" (upbeat sad story approach!!??). Graceful & singular talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By musiclover on June 22, 2006
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I didn't think this album was as successful a showcase of Laura's musical taste and talent as her previous albums, but this is a beautiful collection of songs nonetheless. Aside from her hypnotic voice, I think what makes Laura so addictive is her impeccable taste in music. The obscure songs she pulls out and covers on her albums are just absolute gems and it sometimes shocks me that many of them aren't better known.

As for this album, the music and production are of the highest quality and Laura is on top of her singing game. My two main complaints are that the album is a bit slight (only 39 minutes of music!) and that there seems to be some out of place songs on here (Letters jumps out at me as one such example).

However, this is still a great album and "14th Street" is worth the price of the CD alone.
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