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|Annette Hanshaw||Primary Artist, Vocals|
|Paul Pelletier||Liner Notes|
Posted October 1, 2010
Annette Hanshaw possibly had the sweetest and softest voice and the most instinctive "feel" for music of any popular female vocalist ever recorded. OK, I may be slightly prejudiced. But among female vocalists of mid-1920s to mid-1930s nobody else can touch her. The selections on this CD were recorded from Sept. 1926 to May 1928, and unfortunately recording equipment in those years left something to be desired. Later recordings of Annette Hanshaw reflect the remakable beauty of her voice somewhat better. Yet these selections are redolent of the 1920s and display her musicality to great advantage. Most of the items exemplify the bouncy lightheartedness for which the "roaring twenties" are known. Yet some of the tracks show that even a 26-year old Annette Hanshaw could plumb the very depths of human feeling. It is difficult to imagine any song more poignant than the softly lyrical yet emotionally devastating number "The Song is Ended." Fortunately for the emotional health of listeners, the album does not end on that bleak note but with the cheerful "We love it," a song reminds our material age, as it did hers, that though our clothes might be old and our checks might bounce, life with the one you love can still be a source of pleasure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.