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If not yet a household name, bluegrass siren Claire Lynch does have a household voice -- she's graced albums by some of country music's finest, including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Pam Tillis. LOVELIGHT demonstrates what all the fuss is about. Lynch's silvery soprano soars on five well-chosen covers and seven self-penned masterpieces Claire's songwriting has garnered as much praise as her pipes. Lynch has a special touch with love ballads: She celebrates love's joys in "I Don't Have to Dream" and savors its complexities in "He Don't Like to Talk About It." Lynch also tackles darker themes, from jealousy in a song by that name to memory in "These Flowers." As on her previous releases, Lynch is...
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If not yet a household name, bluegrass siren Claire Lynch does have a household voice -- she's graced albums by some of country music's finest, including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Pam Tillis. LOVELIGHT demonstrates what all the fuss is about. Lynch's silvery soprano soars on five well-chosen covers and seven self-penned masterpieces Claire's songwriting has garnered as much praise as her pipes. Lynch has a special touch with love ballads: She celebrates love's joys in "I Don't Have to Dream" and savors its complexities in "He Don't Like to Talk About It." Lynch also tackles darker themes, from jealousy in a song by that name to memory in "These Flowers." As on her previous releases, Lynch is backed by the crackerjack Front Porch String Band, featuring guitarist Jim Hurst, bassist Missy Raines, and her longtime collaborator Larry Lynch on mandolin. Together they make a beautiful racket. Kerry Dexter
All Music Guide - Rob Ferrier
Claire Lynch's new album is a rare bird indeed. At one point, albums like this weren't the exception, but the rule. Twelve exquisitely written, carefully produced songs that bound along at a pace appropriate for their subject matter: life, love, and the conviction to get on with both. Only one song nudges the four-minute mark, and rightfully so. This may seem like a niggling observation unless you listen to a lot of singer/songwriter albums. Attention alt-country artists. All too often, brevity is indeed the soul of wit. Lynch, thank God, understands this. There's not an ounce of fat here. Each song is a perfect country capsule. She grasps that her struggles and foibles are hers alone and don't necessarily have universal significance. Her songwriting is mature and wonderfully, almost clandestinely sardonic. Check "Stranger Things Have Happened" for a perfect example. Lynch's intellect is sharp and encompassing. Patty Hearst gets a name drop here, and the fierce battle for Gettysburg's Missionary Ridge also swipes a tangential nod in the eponymously named song. Her voice is a pure, flexible joy, her choice of instrumentation spot on. This is a worthy chapter in the book that represents this woman's remarkable career. Think of Dolly Parton without the saccharine missteps or pandering, or Emmy Lou Harris if she actually was the songwriter everyone secretly hopes she is. This is a wonderful draught of cold, clear water. One only hopes there's a market for this stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661046429
  • Catalog Number: 610464
  • Sales rank: 152,503

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Claire Lynch Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Alison Brown Banjo
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Robert Bowlin Fiddle
Rob Ickes Dobro
Keith Little Vocal Harmony
Pat McInerney Drums
Missy Raines Bass
Jim Hurst Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Larry Lynch Bouzouki, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Claire Lynch Producer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Jon Weisberger Liner Notes
Ben Surratt Engineer
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