Being the daughter of veteran British folkies Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson creates rather high expectations for Eliza Carthy, but on this ambitious double album she proves she can deliver. The conceit here is that each disc has its own jewelbox and its own style. Red is electric folk-fusion mixed with modern modes, while Rice uses more traditional means with subtler modernization. Each album has its charm. Red opens with an original called "Accordion Song (Accidental Saturday Night Kitchen Mix)," which combines a Cajun-sounding accordion with more typical but clever English folk music. One instrumental "Stingo/The Stacking Reel" combines Irish fiddling with the drum'n'bass style of Medeski, Martin & Wood. On Red Carthy succeeds where many who have attempted folk with a twist have failed -- she manages to impart new beats on old songs without making them sound merely ersatz. Rice starts off with the wonderful traditional "Blow the Winds" sung by Carthy accompanied by Ed Boyd on bouzouki, combined with a Carthy original reel, "The Game of Draughts." Many of the songs on Rice have the "square" rhythms of English folk music, and Carthy consistently brings a nice bounce to it, like a cheerful rendition of "Yankee Doodle Dandy." After a couple of energetic and engaging instrumentals made up of a jig, a hornpipe, and the like, Carthy accompanies herself on piano in a melancholy rendition of "Benjamin Bowmaneer," a traditional in the spirit of "John Barleycorn Must Die." While nothing on Red Rice may be revolutionary, it all speaks to the heart. Carthy has demonstrated that she can deliver in both the old way and the new.