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No better Companion at Home or on the Prairie...,
This review is from: McGarrigle Hour (Audio CD)Talk about crossing over musical boundries... Depending on your appreciation of different era's in music, this really does have something for everyone, or everything for someone. Mined from a rich musical history, there are MANY highlights to encourage further listening. There's plenty of long lost gems recreated with loving care, as well as a few brand new standouts.
Beginning with Loudon Wainwright's classic "School Day's(Delaware when I was younger), Loudon, with the McGarrigle sisters' thoughtful and assured harmonies let you know whats in store.
"Alice Blue Gown" will sweeten any sourpuss, owing as much to bouncey turn of the century standards as it does to Melanie in the 60's and 70's.
The whole family (Rufus and Martha Wainwright included) raise the old time standard "What'll I Do" to the level of modern classic. Lush instrumentation and perfect vocals inhabit every bar. This shows just what roots planted in such a fertile musical heritage can reveal.
Rufus's comedic tragedy "Heartbreak or Heartburn" is perfectly short of "over the top" pop/cabaret with all it's romantic sarcasm and self mocking wordplay.
"NACL" is one of the best motor-cruising songs I've heard since Mongo Jerry hurried down the highway. There's a foot tappin' baseline and fun harmonies to keep your attention throughout. Who would have thought you could find such a cool song about - salt?
Martha (Wainwright) absolutely shines on "Allez vous en". It's kind of a barroom/folle/cabaret ballad with a perfectly seductive accordian to transport you directly into a Paris cafe in 1920.
Emmylou Harris turns in a nice cameo with the bluegrassy "Green Green Rocky Road". It becomes a soulful newgrass hymn with Loudon and the McGarrigle sisters gentle harmonic sense.
Martha's shy "Year of the Dragon" seems a bit out of place here, which is further evidence that she should have a label of her own. What a Talent! People should know.
"Mendocino" will appease even the most jaded folk cynic. It's that pretty! If "My Johnny's gone to Hilo" doesn't send you reaching for the scotch, then you are already too drunk. It's that powerful.
"Goodnight Sweetheart", with all the family and friends on hand, appropriately closes what I hope you will agree is one the most charming hours in recorded music history.
This should grace the shelf of any serious music collection, but ANY listener will find something to really enjoy!