This review is written by Dai Woosnam, firstname.lastname@example.org, 6/03
This is Scots lassie Wendy's second album. It builds on the solid foundation of her first "A Breath on the Cold Glass" released two years ago. She is a very decent singer and a fine cellist. She is accompanied by James Ross on piano and accordion, and the phenomenally versatile and talented Stevie Lawrence, (playing guitar and everything bar the kitchen sink).
She has remembered Henry Miller's golden rule: start with the dynamite, and end with the TNT. The first and last cuts are the two strongest tracks on the CD. She kicks off with that fine Northumbrian song "Bonny at Morn", and ends with John Tams's so-very-singable "Hold Back The Tide".
In between we have a convincing assortment of instrumental pieces and ballads. Nice to hear the Irish song "Church on Sunday" rather than the easier option of its first cousin "Loving Hannah".
The album never runs out of steam, and often surprises (as it does with "Temple Locks", a new enchanting melody by Steve Lawrence). And the album scores particularly well on its liner notes: good informative stuff that can be easily read. Black print on a white background: you can never know JUST how much that favourably predisposes this reviewer towards an album!
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