Awkward Annie

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's both more of the same and all change for Kate Rusby on her new album: more of the same because she brings the same intimacy and warm voice to the proceedings, and a clutch of good songs, superbly arranged and performed; all change because she produced the disc herself, following a split with husband John McCusker (who's here as a musician on some cuts), and because there's a slightly greater percentage of her own material in among the traditional fare. There's a definite sense of loss in her own songs, not only in the title track and "Bitter Boy" but also the gorgeous "Daughter of Heaven," that speaks of a tumultuous few years in her personal life. Her writing has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's both more of the same and all change for Kate Rusby on her new album: more of the same because she brings the same intimacy and warm voice to the proceedings, and a clutch of good songs, superbly arranged and performed; all change because she produced the disc herself, following a split with husband John McCusker (who's here as a musician on some cuts), and because there's a slightly greater percentage of her own material in among the traditional fare. There's a definite sense of loss in her own songs, not only in the title track and "Bitter Boy" but also the gorgeous "Daughter of Heaven," that speaks of a tumultuous few years in her personal life. Her writing has improved, with a sharpness and reflection that suit her style well. But many come to Rusby for her interpretations of traditional songs, and she doesn't disappoint here: "John Barbury" is a lovely variant on "Willie O'Winsbury," and "Blooming Heather," "The Streams of Lovely Nancy," and "Andrew Lammie" don't disappoint. But everything is excellent, and even the air of melancholy that pervades much of the album doesn't alter the quality. However, it all ends on a much brighter note with a cover of the Kinks' "The Village Green Preservation Society," which was used as the theme for a British sitcom. It's a loving, sprightly homage, about the closest to rock that Rusby has ever come (and that isn't too close), as well as a reminder of how acute a writer Ray Davies could be. It's hard to tell if this is the closing of an old chapter or the beginning of a new one, but there's a definite sense of transition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Pure Uk
  • EAN: 5060066680061
  • Catalog Number: 23
  • Sales rank: 65,680

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Awkward Annie (3:11)
  2. 2 Bitter Boy (4:53)
  3. 3 John Barbury (5:38)
  4. 4 High on a Hill (4:33)
  5. 5 Farewell (5:33)
  6. 6 Planets (4:10)
  7. 7 The Old Man (3:50)
  8. 8 Andrew Lammie (3:55)
  9. 9 Streams of Nancy (3:59)
  10. 10 Daughter of Heaven (3:56)
  11. 11 Blooming Heather (4:51)
  12. 12 The Village Green Preservation Society (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kate Rusby Primary Artist, Guitar
Ian Carr Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Guitar (Tenor)
Eddi Reader Vocals
Andy Cutting Accordion
John Doyle Guitar
Andy Duncan Tuba
John Hudson Vocals
Greg Lawson Violin
John McCusker Fiddle, Cittern, Guitar (Tenor)
Ewen Vernal Double Bass
Fiona Stephen Violin
Michael McGoldrick Flute
Chris Thile Mandolin, Vocals
Andy Seward Banjo, Bass, Double Bass
Leon Hunt Banjo
Kris Drever Guitar (Tenor)
Jim Fletcher Tenor Horn
Donald "Danny Champagne" Grant Violin
Joe Rusby Vocals
Mattie Foulds Drums
Technical Credits
Ray Davies Composer
Andy Duncan Brass Arrangment
Greg Lawson String Arrangements
John McCusker Producer
Kate Rusby Arranger, Producer
Andy Seward Engineer
Traditional Composer
Jason Marcucci Engineer
Donald "Danny Champagne" Grant String Arrangements
Joe Rusby Engineer
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