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Barnes & Noble - Emily King
Britain's hottest folk-singing discovery is a diminutive lass from Yorkshire with a wry sense of humor and a unerring talent for shameless intimacy. Kate Rusby's third solo album, Little Lights, mixes hoary old folk ballads with tunes of her own creation -- which are practically indistinguishable, so steeped is she in the traditions and so modern and personal is her approach to the old songs. Brought up in a family ceilidh band, she was briefly a fiddling member of the all-girl Brit folk band, the Poozies. Now her solo career is off to a flying start, winning one of the 12 Mercury Music Prizes for Best British Albums of the Year in 1999. The BBC named her Folk Artist of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Emily King
Britain's hottest folk-singing discovery is a diminutive lass from Yorkshire with a wry sense of humor and a unerring talent for shameless intimacy. Kate Rusby's third solo album, Little Lights, mixes hoary old folk ballads with tunes of her own creation -- which are practically indistinguishable, so steeped is she in the traditions and so modern and personal is her approach to the old songs. Brought up in a family ceilidh band, she was briefly a fiddling member of the all-girl Brit folk band, the Poozies. Now her solo career is off to a flying start, winning one of the 12 Mercury Music Prizes for Best British Albums of the Year in 1999. The BBC named her Folk Artist of the Year in 2000, but the real prize is ours for the listening. There are plenty of what Rusby dryly refers to as "castle-knocking-down songs," but her art doesn't end there. One luminous example: her tribute to her grandmother's devotion to her now-senile coal-miner husband, "My Young Man." It's eerily unaccompanied at first, then tactfully supported by members of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, describing the heartbreaking end of a loving, hardworking life. Cheerily tragic and woefully funny, Rusby can write -- and sing -- with the best of them.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Kate Rusby won over American audiences in 1999 with her second release, Sleepless, an album of traditional-styled songs with simple arrangements that highlighted her best quality: a lovely, middle-range voice, vulnerable without being waifish. Little Lights continues in the same mode, mixing old ballads with originals and throwing in an occasional contemporary piece. "Merry Green Broom" and "Some Tyrant" are simple and tasteful, continuing Rusby's commitment to the images of old England, while "William and Davy" and "I Courted a Sailor" kick up the tempo a bit. A number of guests, from Tim O'Brien to Danny Thompson to Alison Brown, make appearances, and John McCusker once again lends a hand to the production. A slightly different arrangement featuring brass adorns "My Young Man," complementing Rusby's relaxed style and calling to mind Norma Waterson's approach on Bright Shiny Morning. While there are no bad cuts on Little Lights, there probably isn't enough variety. With a couple of exceptions, the songs unwind at a leisurely pace, and most hover around four minutes. There is nothing quite as lovely and lively as "The Cobbler's Daughter" and "Sweet Bride" from Sleepless. Although more variety would have helped, Little Lights is still a solid effort. Fans will enjoy it, and it will also serve as a good introduction to those unfamiliar with this lovely English singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5027447020724
  • Catalog Number: 743407
  • Sales rank: 188,236

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kate Rusby Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Alison Brown Banjo
Ian Carr Guitar
Sandra Smith Horn
Eddi Reader Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Andy Cutting Accordion
John Doyle Guitar
John Beverly Jones Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Richard Marshall Cornet
John McCusker Fiddle, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Cittern
Kevin Morris Bells
Tim O'Brien Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Máirtín O'Connor Accordion
Darrell Scott Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ewen Vernal Double Bass
Michael McGoldrick Banjo, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Tenor Banjo
Malcolm Stitt Bouzouki
Alan Morrison Cornet
Andy Seward Double Bass
Shaun Crowther Tuba
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson Fiddle
Technical Credits
Ian Carr Arranger
Sandra Smith Brass Arrangment
Randy LeRoy Mastering
John McCusker Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Kate Rusby Arranger, Engineer
Andy Seward Engineer
Brian Ledgard Artwork
Joe Rusby Engineer
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