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When the Roses Bloom Again [Import]

Laura Cantrell Audio CD
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1. Too Late For Tonight
2. All The Same To You
3. Early Years
4. Don't Break The Heart
5. Wait
6. Mountain Fern
7. Vaguest Idea
8. Yonder Comes A Freight Train
9. Broken Again
10. When The Roses Bloom Again
11. Conqueror's Song
12. Oh So Many Years

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Nashville-born and New York City-based singer Laura Cantrell shines as one of the sweetest hearts at the rodeo on this excellent follow-up to her 2000 debut Not the Tremblin' Kind. Her warm, precise country-folk style has brought her comparisons to Kitty Wells, Neko Case, Nanci Griffith, and Emmylou Harris, but she herself seems bound to be one of those singers that folks get compared to. Super-influential BBC DJ John Peel even called Tremblin' Kind "my favorite record of the last 10 years and possibly my life." The photogenic Cantrell, who herself has hosted an award-winning old-school-meets-new radio program on New Jersey's WFMU for many years, demonstrates fabulous taste in songs here, covering a range from Amy Rigby and Dave Schramm to Jim and Jesse and Kitty Wells. The playing by Cantrell's Brooklyn-based band is superb, the arrangements subtly conforming to each track: a Byrds-y twang to "Vaguest Idea," a beautiful lap steel-led old school country vibe on "Broken Again," and a nuanced "newgrass" approach for the heart-melting title track. And the four songs she herself wrote are aces, too. Huzzah! --Mike McGonigal

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5.0 out of 5 stars American Music: plain ,simple, and unpretentious July 11 2003
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I became aware of Laura's music in Oct of 2002, when I saw her opening for Elivs Costello on two different evenings. What first struck me was her voice....pure and true. Put that in front of a great group of instrumentalist (Jon Graboff holds the band together like glue, adding tasty pedal stell and mandolin parts, in addition to breaking out the Rick 12 string on some of the Jangly tunes) and you have the ingredients for an amazing experience. Soon after seeing her in concert, I purchased both of her CD's. Both CD's seem to be in the same vein (both have a few rockers, a few country songs, and some more folksy things), and are very well balanced. At first I thought the albums, (though great), had a very dry sound to them (dry in the sense that there was no reverb or other effect on the voice), but I have since come to like the production as well as I like the songs and singing, and really appreciate the no nonsense way of presenting this batch of tunes. In short, Laura Cantrell (and band) have become one of my favorite bands, and I listen to her two albums (and her 1996 EP release, Hello) on a regular basis. I most recently saw her perform in late June at a small club in Nashville and had the pleasure of talking with her for a bit. In addition to being a great singer/songwriter, she is also a very nice person. Talent, beauty, and a great personality: There must be a flaw somewhere, but I haven't found it yet!! All of her albums have my highest recomendation.
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Laura is often compared to Nanci Griffith and Lucinda Williams, two brilliant ladies who sing music that blends country and folk - just as Laura does. While I can understand the comparison, Laura is, to my ears, a little more country and a little less folk than the other two. That doesn't make her better or worse than Nanci and Lucinda, but just different. In any case, anybody who likes one of them will surely like all three.
This is Laura's second album. Laura wrote four of the songs herself, these being Too late for tonight, Early days, Broken again and a song based on the life of 1940's hillbilly singer Molly O'Day titled Mountain fern.
There are several covers of songs wriiten by New York songwriters - Don't break the heart (Amy Rigby), Conqueror's song (Dave Schramm), All the same to you (Joe Flood), Wait (Jay Sherman-Godfrey) and Vaguest idea (Dan Prater).
According to Laura's official website, the title track is a cover of a song intended for the Wilco/Billy Bragg tribute to Woody Guthrie (Mermaid Avenue), which was dropped from that album when it was discovered that the song was not written by Woody.
As well as Mountain fern and When the roses bloom again, there is furher evidence of Laura's enthusiasm for old-time country music via covers of of Yonder comes a freight train (Jim and Jesse) and Oh so many years (originally a duet by Kitty Wells and Webb Pierce).
Traditional country is enjoying an upsurge in popularity, and it doesn't get any better than this. Laura deserves to be a major star. You can help her achieve that by buying her albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE it Oct. 17 2002
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I have discovered Laura Cantrell with the previous album and was impressed by its quality: the songs, the catchy tunes, the musicians (clear, fine guitars), the voice of Laura... it was a simple delight, and it's really a pleasure to listen to that kind of stuff, absolutely unpretentious. It's a light of happiness. Her new album is very like her first. Funny to note she covered two Amy I appreciate too: on the first it was Amy Allison (another great artist) and now it's Amy Rigby, with "Don't Break The Heart" (from her first excellent album). No surprise that Laura Cantrell chooses well, since she's a dee-jay. Other details: I enjoy very much the front and back covers. All takes part of a kind of fresh spirit. Laura songs remind of a wonderful world. A bit like Ron Sexsmith songs as well. Both sound like angels on this earth. As if they recorded songs from heaven. A flowery paradise. God bless that clear, simple happiness. We need that. Thank you Laura.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No need to be a country fan -- Buy it!! July 11 2004
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I feel hesitant to add my two cents; I am a classical fan, not country. Good singing, though, is good singing, whether it be opera, country, or anything else. This disc was given to me and I simply had to hear what such a stunningly beautiful woman as her sounded like. I was not disappointed. Her vocal style is completely free from annoying mannerisms and cheap over-emoting. Her delivery is at all times tasteful, intelligent, understated, and honest. Like all great singing artists, she lets each song speak for itself. She mixes styles quite successfully, as noted by some of the other reviewers here. The songs don't all sound alike, and there is not a loser in the bunch. Her voice is light and pure, like Emmy Lou Harris, but not as reedy as Harris. And she is always utterly feminine. This disc will appeal to anyone who appreciates honest emotions, tastefully delivered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fresh as a mountain spring Dec 4 2002
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Vocals here are extra special. Hardly any need to say this, it's so obvious. Outstanding songs. If you play only the first 15 seconds of these songs: they work - a sure sign they are very strong and direct. Someone knows what they are doing. Her talents are actualy quite scary. Production is still quite rough but is better than the first album. The roughness adds to the charm perhaps. It would be interesting to see what would happen if serious dollars were thrown into the production in her next release. This would only be good if the producer was absolutely the best in the business. Getting certain things to sound better without losing LC's amazing vocals is the thing to concentrate on, but most folk couldn't do it i reckon. A few more like this first please. Anyway, this is a seriously wonderful album with fantastic variation in mood and a great flow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly talented.
A clear, fluid, and natural voice, somewhat like that of Emylou Harris, accompanied by accoustic and electric guitars, and drums, and sometimes a mandolin. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by pseudo12345
5.0 out of 5 stars Country music as it should be
A fine piece of work by Ms. Cantrell. Her band does not distract attention from her glorious voice, nor does it need to; her voice is so solidly infectious that it can stand on its... Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by MZ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem!
Laura Cantrell is country, witty, urbane, down-home, humble, confident, and a big musical talent. This album is wonderful and I haven't heard anything like it. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Get both Albums
BBC DJ John Peel called her first album, Not Tremblin' Kind "my favorite record of the last 10 years and possibly my life. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003 by Great Faulkner's Ghost
1.0 out of 5 stars Emperor's New Clothes
Is this a case of emperor's new clothes? Mrs. Cantrell has a gracious southern hospitality about her. Read more
Published on June 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Country music as it should be
A fine piece of work by Ms. Cantrell. Her band does not distract attention from her infectious voice, and that is because her voice is so good that it can stand on its own. Read more
Published on June 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I really didn't think she could top her first album...
WOW...I've been listening to this second album since I received it last night. I bought her first album "Not the Trembling Kind" a few weeks ago... Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by Michael Crum
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific sophomore release.
She's beautiful. Her voice is sweet, if not perfect. She covers tasty classics and writes terrific originals. Her band rocks and twangs with amazing consistency. Read more
Published on April 12 2003 by Michael K. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, Jerry, The BEST!
What is wrong with country music that this marvelous talent is not a huge star? Laura's second album shimmers right along side her first release, with superb and subtle vocals,... Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2002 by Pizza Quixote
5.0 out of 5 stars Alt Country = Real Country!
I found Laura Cantrell via X Country, Channel 12 on XM satellite radio. This is an amazing disc! It's a shame that artists like Laura do not get radio play. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2002
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