A Review of the CD
"Calling On Love"
by Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald

"Calling On Love"
by Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald

Copyright 1999
Freewheel Records
P.O. Box 181
Nevada City, CA 95959

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 11/99
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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This is a release that takes its time, presenting songs laden with feeling and spirit that unfold at a deliberate pace. At times esoteric, at times straightforward and direct, it elaborates on the innumerable pathways of the human journey--from scaling the exalted peaks to wearily tramping through the sunken valleys, from the futile pursuit of life's fool's gold to the blessed wonder of serendipitous stardust.

"Calling On Love," the opening cut, is an emotional plea for the good in this world to triumph. As Kamm says in the liner notes:

Kamm and MacDonald offer two excellent covers, "From Clare To Here" and "To Lay Me Down." The first, Ralph McTell's mournful emigration classic, "From Clare To Here," strikes an even deeper emotional chord than usual due to both Alasdair Fraser's touching work on viola and the glorious entwined vocals of Kamm and MacDonald. "To Lay Me Down," credited to Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, benefits again from Kamm's and MacDonald's harmonies combined with Dave Smith on piano.

"Last Tango In Paradise" spotlights some of the concerns of many in the 1990s--the effects on human life of unrelenting city sprawl, and congestion. Aided again by Dave Smith on piano, Kamm sings:

"Broken Down On Easy Street" has a curious upbeat rhythm for a composition detailing the slow death of a town since the closing of the steel mill. Kamm's sings of a certain "c'est la vie" in the attitude of the inhabitants: The duo closes with "The Queen Of Northern Lights"--Kamm at his most poetic and mystical: Kamm's and MacDonald's vocal harmonies blend exceedingly well and the instrumentation is also crisp and clean throughout the release. This is music that stealthily creates a mood of thoughtful contemplation. Never forceful or heavy-handed, it facilitates reflection for those so inclined.

Kamm on guitar and vocals and MacDonald on vocals are abetted by the aforementioned Alasdair Fraser on violin and viola; the aforementioned Dave Smith on piano; Rich Stanmyre on bass; Mikail Graham on fretless bass, guitar, keyboards, atmospherics and rhythmic bits.

Track List:

All songs by Paul Kamm unless otherwise noted.

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