A Review of the Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner CD
"The Moon Shines Bright"
"The Moon Shines Bright"WildGoose Studios (WGS 321 CD)
by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner
Copyright: WildGoose Studios 2004.
This review is written by Dai Woosnam, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4/05
If his duo from South east England are
here building on the critical success of their first album “Parallel”
which was released in April 2003. They are vastly experienced
performers who are stalwarts of the UK folk scene.
Here they have come up with an album where ECLECTICISM seems to be the
watchword. Both show their skills as songwriters (Turner's “Autumn Is
Down” and Heraud's “Odd Sock” being perfectly respectable stabs at
memorability); both know a traditional gem when they see one (the
Coppers' “Cupid's Garden” and a favourite Welsh language song, here
translated into English as “The Golden Wheat“); and they exhibit an
admirable penchant for the Folk(ish) avant garde (as in their decision
to run with Patti Scialfa's Dory Previn-like attempt at obfuscation
with “Spanish Dancer”.
But on the odd occasion here their critical faculties desert them in
their choice of song. For instance, toward the end of the CD they sing
an anti-war song that doesn't really cut the mustard. And believe me, I
wish it did. Nothing would please me more than to have it played to
Bush, Blairescu and Hussein in their cells at the Hague, but were the
fantasy to prove true and we were in that wonderful position, trust me,
this song would have zero impact. It's got that Coca-Cola saccharine
sweetness of wanting to teach the world to sing (and study war no more).
But, methinks a minor criticism. The album is a generally pleasing one,
and one that will make a nice souvenir for fans who have just seen the
duo in a folk club gig. The voices blend well,
and Pat plays a competent guitar accompaniment.
Buy it in Europe from www.musikfolk.com or in North America from www.elderly.com and, for other points of the compass, get details from Doug Bailey at WildGoose (e-mail: email@example.com website: www.wildgoose.co.uk)
- The Moon Shines Bright (Trad) 1-42
- Autumn Is Down (Turner) 2-06
- There'll Never Be Peace Until Jamie Comes Home (Robert Burns) 3-06
- Odd Sock (Heraud) 2-38
- Where The Seeds Of Love Grew (Keith Sowcroft/Heraud) 2-54
- Cupid's Garden (Trad) 3-02
- Man In Grey (Turner) 2-29
- Fair Maid of Islington (Trad) 2-23
- Regret (Heraud) 3-40
- The Golden Wheat (Trad/Sanhow) 1-34
- Spanish Dancer (Patti Scialfa) 2-53
- My Bonnie Bonnie Boy (Trad) 4-14
- Bright Fine Gold (Trad) 2-32
- Bonnie Labouring Boy (Trad) 4-13
- No More (Brenda Orrell) 3-06
- I Just Want To Be Like The Other Girls (Heraud) 3-00
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