Kate Rusby - Sleepless

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Hourglass, her 1998 debut, was a huge hit in her native Britain, and with good reason: her voice is a sweet but slightly rough mezzo, she sings and plays guitar with equal plainspoken skill, and she picks great songs. So you can't blame her for sticking with a winning strategy on her follow-up. With the help of young producer and fiddler John McCusker (of the Battlefield Band), Rusby serves up a generous program of minimally arranged traditional songs, as well as a few originals; there are more guest musicians this time out, including American folkies Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, but they never clutter the sound or pull the focus away from Rusby's gentle Yorkshire-tinted singing. There's also an Iris DeMent cover, a version of the sweetly affecting "Our Town"-a song whose distinctly middle American overtones don't necessarily ring completely true in this context. But "Botany Bay" certainly does, and so does "The Fairest of All Yarrow," and if on "The Cobbler's Daughter" Rusby drops grisly details with a disquietingly off-hand grace, well, welcome to the wonderful world of traditional music. Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

1) The Cobbler's Daughter (02:38)
2) I Wonder What Is Keeping My True Love This Night (04:40)
3) The Fairest of All Yarrow (02:58)
4) The Unquiet Grave (04:38)
5) Sho Heen (04:02)
6) Sweet Bride (03:38)
7) All God's Angels (04:12)
8) The Wild Goose (04:22)
9) The Duke and the Tinker (03:42)
10) Our Town (04:43)
11) The Sleepless Sailor (03:46)
12) Cow Song (04:37)
13) Botany Bay (04:10)

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Sleepless | Kate Rusby