This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 5/06
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"The Angel In The Storm" is destined to be one of those
songs that never ages. It stands out because it simultaneously
challenges and inspires like that of any great artistic creation that keeps on giving. It's
a work that creates 'aliveness' within a listener like so many of the
songs of the late Dave Carter--as good a compliment that can be offered.
But fear not that the impression be that Mulford is some sort
of one-hit wonder. She opens the release with "Elegy (Crystal Glass)" a
skillful depiction twining a family heirloom and the conflicting
generational visions about life. "Gonna Wear Red Today" is snappy,
containing passages that could also be called Carter-esque. "Our Lady
Of The Highways," about an interstate feminine version of St. Christoper,
contains this prayer-like chorus:
"...Blessed be the children and the strangers
We are all together, we are all alone
All the sleepless dreamers
all the restless angels
Bless all the wanderers far away from home..."
"Nobody Knocking" is a tale of justice swift and sure,
edgily backed by violin but especially clawhammer banjo. About the
many facades assumed to carry the mantle of a man, "Those Boys,"
contains this insightful chorus:
"...And oh, how the golden light fades to blue Under the soft new down on their temples their mothers' faces still show through And oh, what they leave behind to count as men and years will pass before they try to find themselves again..."
The humerous "Stock" will be a definite inclusion for any DJs doing shows with a cooking or food theme.
Backed by violin and piano, Mulford closes with "The Earth And The
Sky." Take this challenge: imagine you are listening to Lui Collins
when you are listening to this one. You'll believe you are. The
"...So walk where you will, love and go without fear The earth has a heartbeat you will always hear May silence be music, May strangers be friends til the heavens turn round and you come home again
With a pleasing, clear voice, Mulford is already an assured singer/songwriter knocking on the pantheon of greatness.
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