Natalie Merchant's folk: hits and misses
I should reveal my bias: I am into folk songs, especially irish originating ones such as House Carpenter. I was a bit disappointed by the sparse banjo accompaniment, skilled though it was, in House Carpenter and one of my all time favorite american folk tunes, Wayfaring Stranger. Her vocals in H.C. are excellent, as always. I did not like her version of Wayfaring Stranger which was different than the ones I have heard. Ms. Merchant does better with Crazy Man Michael, recorded in the 60's by Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention; another great female vocalist worth checking out. I really loved the song Weeping Pilgrim,: it was mellow--I confess to being a \"chick tune\" lover: broken hearts, cheesy musical hooks, harmonies (like on Weeping Pilgrim). I am less inclined towards the fast, kick up your heels bluegrass/traditional style. Buy songs, not the whole album.