Red Shoes

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Thoughtful, earnest, maybe a touch preachy in parts -- folk music has its own particular standards to live up to or alternately transcend. Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop's album certainly starts on that note with a cover of a song called "No More Fish." On the one hand, it addresses a serious enough subject -- the depletion of Atlantic fishing stocks that drove Far Eastern Canada's economy and the resultant hard times -- and on the other hand it's so prettily obvious that it could be a parody. Some clunky rhymes don't help either, frankly, but that and a couple of other well-meaning though strident songs aside, Red Shoes is an enjoyable enough, if not remarkable, example of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Thoughtful, earnest, maybe a touch preachy in parts -- folk music has its own particular standards to live up to or alternately transcend. Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop's album certainly starts on that note with a cover of a song called "No More Fish." On the one hand, it addresses a serious enough subject -- the depletion of Atlantic fishing stocks that drove Far Eastern Canada's economy and the resultant hard times -- and on the other hand it's so prettily obvious that it could be a parody. Some clunky rhymes don't help either, frankly, but that and a couple of other well-meaning though strident songs aside, Red Shoes is an enjoyable enough, if not remarkable, example of early 21st century folk with a definitely Canadian slant. It's no more parochial than any other kind of regionally focused work, and often brings in a new context for outside observers. "Un Canadien Errant," another reworking, tells of such events as an 1837 French Canadian rebellion and the escape of a patriot to America, something most Statesiders probably didn't realize occurred. The personal is hardly ignored either -- the album's best song might well be "On Your Way Home," whose subject is dealing with long-distance relationships, and their inevitable stresses, with sweet grace. Garrett and Lothrop have sturdy, fine voices; there aren't any real surprises in their approach, but for those who like their performers clearly heard and slightly gravelly, it'll be grand stuff. There are a few fun musical twists and turns along the way, gentle waltzes, a good bit of rocking country in the cover of Rodney Crowell's "Leaving Louisiana" -- "The Hill" is almost a piece of polite '30s swing thanks to the drums and clarinet. The backing musicians provide spare, enjoyable additions throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2003
  • Label: Borealis Recording
  • UPC: 773958115422
  • Catalog Number: 154
  • Sales rank: 262,050

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Garrett Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Vern Dorge Clarinet
Paul Mills Guitar
Don Reed Fiddle
Tom Szczesniak Bass, Piano
Grit Laskin Northumbrian Smallpipes
Terry Tufts Dobro, Electric Guitar, Mandoline
Brian Barlow Percussion
Tom Leighton Accordion
Christina Smith Cello
Sue Lothrop Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Zachary Richard Composer
Rodney Crowell Composer
Chris Hillman Composer
Donivan Cowart Composer
Mike Haas Engineer
Ron Hynes Composer
Terry Tufts Composer
Bill Garrett Composer, Producer
Chad Irshick Mastering
Brian Blain Composer
Sue Lothrop Composer
Benni Hodkin Graphic Design
Corina Kennedy Artwork
Antoine Gérin-Lajoie Composer
Mike Hass Mastering
Marie-Thérèse Duval translation
Lucinda Chodan Composer
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