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Tango - Larkin, Patty (CD 1991)
Anyone who's seen Patty Larkin live knows how striking her guitar playing is. What's not often noted is how many fine contemporary folk songs she's penned, how they stand up on their own merits of melody and language. With her third studio album, Larkin carves out an artistic domain of elegant but simply clothed acoustic images, and features all originals, stories of journeys spiritual and actual, love's responsibilites and regrets. Her skill with arrangement and words even makes the unwieldy theme of chemical pollution ("Metal Drums") haunting and personal. --Roy Francis Kasten
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There are four gems in particular on this album:
Dave's Holiday - a hilarious song about a guy named Dave
Chained to These Lovin' Arms - georgeous, slow heart-wrenching song about love which paints touching vignettes of various people in love
Metal Drums - powerful mix of personal tragedy and environmental awareness - about the true story of Baird and McGuire's (and their spinoff W R Grace) chemical polution of the town of Holbrook, Massachusetts where large numbers of people died of cancer. I know few songs that bring something home in the way that this one does - the song is powerful, vivid, moving and hauntingly beautiful, with a mid to up tempo beat, amazing vocal beautry and great lyrics.
Tango - another powerful, stirring song about attraction, love and relationship. This one is pure poetry. A true classic.
I highly recommend checking out Patty Larkin, and finding a way to get your hands on this album.
I agree with some other reviewers here - it's definitely one of Patty's best albums. Someone should reissue this album and add some bonus demos from those sessions.