Blue Roses

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Cape Breton's Rita MacNeil revisits the styles and sounds that first brought her acclaim, but at times there is a certain sadness and melancholy in her voice as she looks back on her memories, especially on the piano and violin touches of "Floating." The album, written on her own, is quite reflective and pensive throughout. "Knowing When to Go" is more of an uptempo piano-based adult contemporary affair, although it builds quite deliberately. MacNeil never lets loose vocally the way she once did, but she is still able to nail each note to perfection. The way it concludes also brings to mind Bob Seger's narratives, such as "Against the Wind." Listeners might find the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Cape Breton's Rita MacNeil revisits the styles and sounds that first brought her acclaim, but at times there is a certain sadness and melancholy in her voice as she looks back on her memories, especially on the piano and violin touches of "Floating." The album, written on her own, is quite reflective and pensive throughout. "Knowing When to Go" is more of an uptempo piano-based adult contemporary affair, although it builds quite deliberately. MacNeil never lets loose vocally the way she once did, but she is still able to nail each note to perfection. The way it concludes also brings to mind Bob Seger's narratives, such as "Against the Wind." Listeners might find the arrangements repetitive early on during "Some Things Never Change," yet the singer is able to pull it off with a graceful, effortless approach. The slightly bluesy barroom and gospel-leaning "Memphis" doesn't quite measure up, but here she lets loose, atoning somewhat for the quirky format. Nothing can save the summery-sounding and breezy "Blue Roses," however. The highlight comes during the touching "You Can't Go Home Again," which strikes the right balance between her vocal range and the supporting harmonies. The infectious and roots-like "Never Under 85" is the sleeper on the album, a catchy folk ditty. But she returns again to the prevailing tone of the record on the lovely "Please Believe Me." "Time and Again" concludes the album as MacNeil talks about time "bringing the good around again." This is an album that does nothing but add to her fine Celtic-tinged body of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Luprock
  • UPC: 620357001323
  • Catalog Number: 70013
  • Sales rank: 349,118

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Floating (3:59)
  2. 2 Knowing When to Go (5:31)
  3. 3 Some Things Never Change (4:25)
  4. 4 Memphis (4:05)
  5. 5 Blue Roses (3:47)
  6. 6 You Can't Go Home Again (4:30)
  7. 7 Never Under 85 (3:53)
  8. 8 Moon Was Rising (2:53)
  9. 9 Please Believe Me (4:49)
  10. 10 Time and Again (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rita MacNeil Primary Artist, Vocals
Morgan Davis Slide Guitar
Bruce Dixon Electric Bass, Background Vocals
Ray Legere Fiddle, Mandolin
Ed Woodsworth Acoustic Bass
Kim Dunn Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chris Corrigan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Helen Bezanson Background Vocals
Geoff Arsenault Drums
Technical Credits
Rita MacNeil Composer
Brett Zilahi Mastering
David G. Hillier Engineer
Asif Illyas String Arrangements
Kim Dunn Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Chris Corrigan Arranger, Producer
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