Make the Light

Make the Light

by Kate Rusby
     
 

While Jennifer Saunders might be an obvious port of call for comedians wanting career advice, she's not exactly the first person most folksingers would turn to for help with their latest album. But having performed a cover of the Kinks' "The Village Green Preservation Society" for Saunders' recent BBC comedy, Jam and Jerusalem, theSee more details below

Overview

While Jennifer Saunders might be an obvious port of call for comedians wanting career advice, she's not exactly the first person most folksingers would turn to for help with their latest album. But having performed a cover of the Kinks' "The Village Green Preservation Society" for Saunders' recent BBC comedy, Jam and Jerusalem, the Barnsley Nightingale, aka Kate Rusby, has done just that. Inspired by the Ab Fab star's suggestion that she should release a record composed solely of self-penned songs, the Mercury Music Prize nominee's ninth studio LP, Make the Light, is the first of her 15-year career not to feature any cover versions, a development that has resulted in Rusby's most personal and autobiographical effort to date. Co-produced with brother Joe and featuring husband Damien O'Kane on guitar and tenor banjo, the early tracks, "The Wishing Wife," a jaunty Celtic-tinged jig based on the strange tale of a downtrodden woman turning her husband into a dog, and the gentle protest song "Let Them Fly" ("We will never be charmed by the charmless") suggest the family affair has instilled both a newfound sense of surrealism and political activism. However, the remaining nine tracks opt for a more traditional approach, blending Rusby's charmingly delicate Yorkshire-accented tones with more wistful lyrical themes, uncluttered simple arrangements, and a more melancholic nature, as on the winsome alt-country of "Lately"; the wintry hymnal-like "Green Fields," which would have fit comfortably on Christmas-themed predecessor Sweet Bells; and the enchanting lullaby-esque closing number, "Four Stars." But other than "Walk the Road," a surging collaboration with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band that briefly threatens to break out into a mass singalong, the pace remains resolutely stately throughout, meaning that the likes of the slightly poppy "Only Hope," the double bass/cello-led "Shout to the Devil," and the dreamy "Fair Weather Friend" get lost among the crowd of gentle acoustic ballads. But while Make the Light fails to build on the radical departure promised by its opening numbers, it's still a charming and well-crafted first entirely original effort suggesting that Saunders can also add A&R to her list of many talents.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
Label:
Pure Uk
UPC:
5060066680153
catalogNumber:
32

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kate Rusby   Primary Artist,Guitar
Rebecca Jones   Viola
James MacKintosh   Percussion
Donald Shaw   Harmonium
Malcolm Stitt   Bouzouki
Kevin McGuire   Double Bass
Julian Sutton   Accordion (Diatonic)
Diane Clark   Double Bass
John Joe Kelly   Bodhran
Jim Fletcher   Tenor Horn
Matt Broadbent   Tuba
Andrew Holmes   Flugelhorn
Donald Grant   Violin
Robert Westacott   Cornet
Catrin Morgan   Violin
Damien O'Kane   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Tenor Banjo,Guitar (Tenor),Guest Appearance
Helena Smart   Violin
Rex Preston   Vibes
David Edmonds   Cello
Nicholas Trygstad   Cello
Michael Dodd   Euphonium

Technical Credits

Andy Duncan   Brass Arrangment
Kate Rusby   Composer,Producer
Bunt Stafford-Clark   Mastering
Joe Rusby   Producer,Engineer
Donald Grant   String Arrangements
Steve Rusby   Management

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