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Mckeown, Susan / Sweet Liberty
Album:Sweet Liberty Collection:World
Artist:Mckeown, Susan Added:Mar 2004
Label:World Village 

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Add Date:2004-05-17 Pull Date:2004-07-19 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Jul 11Jul 4Jun 27Jun 20Jun 13Jun 6May 30

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Album Review
Reviewed 2004-05-11 
SUSAN McKEOWN – “Sweet Liberty”
World Village, 2004

Ten excellent Celtic-folk vocals with a few surprise twists (4, 6, 10). These are all traditional tunes, and most are at slow tempos, with gorgeous but restrained accompaniment. McKeown’s vocals, particularly on those slower songs, have a sort of plain-spoken quality that’s almost heartbreaking in its simple beauty. On the other hand, those tracks also tend to be the more standard-sounding ones. It's all good stuff, well worth your time.

Fo’s picks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 10

1. 3:02 – upbeat, lilting melody, twittery vocal, very nice two-flute break
2. 5:51 – melancholy tale of an exiled convict; slow with guitar & violin
3. 6:40 – a story-ballad in the ancient style, gathers steam as it goes
4. 4:28 – COOL! Gaelic lead vocal with Ensemble Tartit (Malian nomads) providing chanting, hand-clapping background. Hypnotic!
5. 6:07 – pretty song about Irish emigration to Canada; rustic feel
6. 3:56 – relaxed, with mariachi musicians! A strange little story.
7. 3:31 – quietly engaging ditty with guitar/whistle/harmonium
8. 3:50 – midtempo, old-style ballad; harrowing lyrics but a happy end
9. 6:24 – quiet and spare, just voice & piano, widow of a hanged man
10. 4:23 – slow, with a strong, clear vocal over swirly, echoey backing

[ Fo ] – 04/29/2004

Track Listing
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