22 November 2002

No one exposes the contemporary meaning within traditionally base material as effectively as Kate Rusby, who can sing The Recruited Collier or Sir Eglamore dead straight and yet sound as relevant as anything else in the CD racks. Humanity and intelligence shine from her voice, an instrument of quiet and subtle strength. Ostensibly a celebration of her 10th year as a performer, her fourth solo alum ' released, like its predecessors, on her own Yorkshire based label- goes far beyond the conventional function of a retrospective to reveal the continuing growth of her powers. Four previously released songs are joined by two live recordings and nine newly recorded studio tracks, the latter marked by the way she and her musicians make their instruments ' guitars, double bass, accordion, sometimes violin, whistles or banjo ' weave in and out of each other with miraculous clarity. On her own gorgeous over You now and a new version of The Fairest of All Yarrow, they seem to be breathing in unison, the state to which any band should aspire. John McCusker's elegantly spare production provides the most beautiful voice in England with a perfect setting. (RW)

09 November 2002

The Youthful Yorkshire queen of English Folk marks her tenth anniversary as a performer with a spellbinding collection of her favourite compositions. Most are traditional ballads, although her own timeless songs are so steeped in the folk sound that it is hard to tell them apart. As always, all are delivered with purity, integrity and understated drama. NW

November 2002

One of the UK's great folk singers. Sweet melancholy never hurt so good as it does on 'The recruited Collier' and her own 'Over you Now'. A celebration of Rusby's first decade as a pro ' Ten reprises some favourite old and some forgotten songs ' including four from the forthcoming movie Heartlands. Not the official follow-up to Little Lights but every bit as luminescent.
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