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Awkward Annie

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Awkward Annie
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Bitter Boy
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John Barbury
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High On A Hill
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Farewell
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Planets
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The Old Man
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Andrew Lammie
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Streams Of Nancy
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Daughter Of Heaven
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Blooming Heather
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The Village Green Preservation Society
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 51:59

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Akward Annie

BachHoliday

I think this is the best so far from "the Sweetheart Queen of English Counrty Folk." (I read that in a review somewhere and I think its the best moniker ever given to a musician) Not only Kate's unique soft tones, but the arrangements and accompanyments are so special. Try the title track, or "Planets" or "Blooming Heather" with a cup of herbal tea and a scented candle on a drizzly morning.

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The Village Green Preservation Society

Yossel

This version by Kate Rusby topped the USA Coverville 2011 Hall of fame! An remarkably inspired choice by voters.

They Say All Music Guide

It’s both more of the same and all change for Kate Rusby on her new album: more of the same because she brings the same intimacy and warm voice to the proceedings, and a clutch of good songs, superbly arranged and performed; all change because she produced the disc herself, following a split with husband John McCusker (who’s here as a musician on some cuts), and because there’s a slightly greater percentage of her own material in among the traditional fare. There’s a definite sense of loss in her own songs, not only in the title track and “Bitter Boy” but also the gorgeous “Daughter of Heaven,” that speaks of a tumultuous few years in her personal life. Her writing has improved, with a sharpness and reflection that suit her style well. But many come to Rusby for her interpretations of traditional songs, and she doesn’t disappoint here: “John Barbury” is a lovely variant on “Willie O’Winsbury,” and “Blooming Heather,” “The Streams of Lovely Nancy,” and “Andrew Lammie” don’t disappoint. But everything is excellent, and even the air of melancholy that pervades much of the album doesn’t alter the quality. However, it all ends on a much brighter note with a cover of the Kinks’ “The Village Green Preservation Society,” which was used as the theme for a British sitcom. It’s a loving, sprightly homage, about the closest to rock that Rusby has ever come (and that isn’t too close), as well as a reminder of how acute a writer Ray Davies could be. It’s hard to tell if this is the closing of an old chapter or the beginning of a new one, but there’s a definite sense of transition. – Chris Nickson

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