Hush

Hush

by Pauline ScanlonPauline Scanlon

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Overview

Hush is a fitting title for Pauline Scanlon's second album, which finds her exploring territory a bit further afield from her traditional Irish roots while maintaining her trademark vocal sound: a soft, sweet tone that sounds like the feeling of fingertips on your cheek. Her diction, too, is casual, her delivery generally landing somewhere near but not directly on the beat. It's a nice effect, especially when it softens the sharp rhythmic edges of a tune like "Wearin' the Britches" or "Farewell My Love, Remember Me." At times her slurry way with consonants comes across as just a bit too mannered, but in general her singing style is refreshingly personal. It's showcased to best effect here on the sweetly sad "Lambs on the Green Hills" and on a delicately lovely rendition of "Deartháirín ó Mo Chroí," both of which benefit greatly from the spare arrangements created by Scanlon and her collaborator, former Lúnasa guitarist Donogh Hennessy. In fact, the arrangements on this album are all stellar, with the possible exception of "Demon Lover," on which Scanlon is joined by the American singer/songwriter Darrell Scott -- a very fine singer, but one whose rough American drawl and bluegrass-inflected rhythm guitar are a poor match for the song and a poorer one for Scanlon's breathy delivery. Despite its occasional quirks and idiosyncrasies, though, this is a very fine album overall and one that Scanlon's growing legion of fans will be sure to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/15/2006
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397443522
catalogNumber: 4435
Rank: 99294

Tracks

  1. Wearin' the Britches
  2. The Lambs on the Green Hills
  3. The Demon Lover
  4. Farewell My Love, Remember Me
  5. In Shame Love, In Shame
  6. Deartháirín Ó Mo Chroí (Little Brother of My Heart)
  7. Rain and Snow
  8. When You and I Were True
  9. The Green Fields of Canada
  10. The Flower of Magherally O
  11. The Boys of Barr Na Sráide

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pauline Scanlon   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Burr   Piano
Stuart Duncan   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Darrell Scott   Banjo,Vocals
Danny Thompson   Acoustic Bass
Garry West   Electric Bass,Double Bass
Donogh Hennessy   Guitar,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Garry West   Executive Producer
Griffin Norman   Cover Design
John Spillane   Composer
Donogh Hennessy   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Pauline Scanlon   Arranger,Liner Notes

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