Gather Honey

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
For anyone who was an adolescent during the '60s, the cover photo of an earnest-looking young woman in a poncho strumming an acoustic guitar may bring a warm sense of nostalgia. Those who were born during that decade tend, when faced with such an image, to roll their eyes. But those who approach this album expecting empty earnestness and hippie-dippy platitudinizing will be pleasantly surprised. There are no misguided attempts to cure the world's ills through songs lifted from someone else's misunderstood folk culture; Penny Lang takes contemporary urban folk and blues songs and delivers them in a voice both powerful and unaffected. Listening to this chronological ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
For anyone who was an adolescent during the '60s, the cover photo of an earnest-looking young woman in a poncho strumming an acoustic guitar may bring a warm sense of nostalgia. Those who were born during that decade tend, when faced with such an image, to roll their eyes. But those who approach this album expecting empty earnestness and hippie-dippy platitudinizing will be pleasantly surprised. There are no misguided attempts to cure the world's ills through songs lifted from someone else's misunderstood folk culture; Penny Lang takes contemporary urban folk and blues songs and delivers them in a voice both powerful and unaffected. Listening to this chronological document, which opens with her earliest recording from 1963 and ends with recordings made in the late '70s, you hear her voice grow in strength and distinctiveness, but she never lets her own stylistic choices get in the way of the songs themselves. (In that sense, she has more in common with Ella Fitzgerald than with, say, Buffy Sainte-Marie, even though her voice is closer in quality to the latter than the former.) Highlights here include that first recording, a hair-raising rendition of "In the Pines," and a dated but charming cover of Paul Lauzon's "Start Again." Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2002
  • Label: Borealis Recording
  • UPC: 773958113725
  • Catalog Number: 137
  • Sales rank: 400,633

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Penny Lang Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Don Audet Harmonica
Roma Baran Guitar
Scot Lang Guitar, Percussion, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Ken Pearson Piano
Technical Credits
Jesse Winchester Liner Notes
Roma Baran Photo Courtesy
Gary Cristall Liner Notes
Mark D. Goldman Producer
Simon Pressey Mastering
Jorn Reissner Engineer
Patrick Sky Producer
Bill Usher Interviewer
Gabriel Boucher Engineer
André Riopel Engineer
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