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Straw, Lindsay / Fairest Flower Of Womankind, The
Album:Fairest Flower Of Womankind, The Collection:Country
Artist:Straw, Lindsay Added:08/2017
Label:Self-Release 

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Add Date:2017-08-26 Pull Date:2017-10-28 Charts:Country/Bluegrass
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Album Review
Kim Walter
Reviewed 2017-08-09 
Lindsay Straw, “the fairest flower of womankind”
Label: self released
Reviewed by: Kim Walter, August 2017

When I first saw this the title of this album, I thought that this was a bold statement for a woman to make about herself. Then I saw the rest of the title, which had obviously been cut off due to its verbosity (or, as Steven Colbert calls it, wordiness), and I suddenly liked the album much better. The full title is: “the fairest flower of womankind: songs of feminine triumph”. These are mainly traditional Scottish and English folk songs about strong women. Great individually, 13 in a row is a bit much...

1. slow/med – traditional Traveller’s (aka Gypsy) song- “The Knight and the Shepherd’s Daughter
2. slow/med – Frankie Armstrong’s style, common story of beautiful maiden on the shore
3. slow/med – Australian song about a woman hiding her identity and becoming a sailor
4. slow – a cappella, about “regular” people
5. slow – folk song about two sisters (somewhat of a rare theme in folk music)
6. med – more like folk rock – voice and guitar
7. slow – traditional tale common all over British Isles about a woman being her man’s savior
8. slow – very similar theme and style to #7
9. slow – voice and fiddle
10. med – snappy Scottish style
11. slow – traditional revenge ballad
12. slow/med – traditional English folk song
13. slow/med – similar to #10

Track Listing
1.The Forester 7.Yound Beichan, Part One
2.The Maid On The Shore 8.Young Beichan, Part Two
3.The Female Rambling Sailor 9.The Outlandish Knight
4.Basket Of Eggs 10.The Crafty Maid's Policy/Fingal's Cave/Sheepskins & Beeswax
5.Fair Annie 11.William Taylor
6.Geordie 12.Sweet Lovely Jean
 13.Blow Away The Morning Dew