A Review of the Lui Collins CD

by Lui Collins

Copyright 2006

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 4/06
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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It's aptly titled "Closer," for it certainly presents the essence of the Lui Collins, the artist.

It could alternately and accurately be titled "The Lui Collins Experience" as nestling back into the recording studio after a lengthy absence, Collins provides testament here to two of her artistic passions: music and poetry.

22 entries grace the musical menu, consisting of 10 songs, 10 spoken poems and two instrumentals.

The instrumentals are what is to be expected from Collins: the banjo not only living but thriving, aided by guitar, mandolin and bass.

The poetry is immediately accessible, consisting generally of pastoral ramblings, often but not always idyllic in nature, and enthusiastically described and delivered. For those who lament the sometimes impenetrable, incomprehensible fortress of meter and verse, fear not for Collins brings the listener along as a silent but intimate companion.

Although not being one typically over-enthused with 'cover' songs, Collins makes some excellent choices and presentations here. Patty Griffin's intriguing "Making Pies" and Cheryl Wheeler's touching "His Hometown" are equal in quality to the originals--due to the distinctness of Collins' voice and delivery.

"All the Pretty Birds," "Blood Red the Stain" and "Step Into the Water," the latter featured on an earlier release, are deserving of mention. Collins also contributes a jazzy, fun version of "Red, Red Robin."

Whether it be in song or poem, the physical landscape is a primordial element in Collins' consciousness and creativity. Employed sometimes as metaphor, other times directly, it is a wellspring she draws from time after time.

Good for us.

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