Humming by the Flowered Vine
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|1. 14th Street|
|2. What You Said|
|3. And Still|
|4. Khaki And Corduroy|
|6. California Rose|
|7. Wishful Thinking|
|8. Poor Ellen Smith|
|10. Old Downtown|
'Humming by the Flowered Vine' is the much-anticipated third album (and Matador debut) by Nashville-born, New York-based performer Laura Cantrell. Produced by JD Foster (Richard Buckner, Marc Ribot), 'Humming by the Flowered Vine' features ten extraordinary songs both crafted and caught. As on her two previous albums, 'When the Roses Bloom Again' and 'Not the Tremblin' Kind,' Laura's own compositions are some of the highlights. "Khaki & Corduroy" is a meditation on being a transplanted Southerner in New York City, "California Rose" was inspired by the West Coast country music pioneer Rose Maddox, and "Old Downtown" draws on the story of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York. 2005.
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I downloaded her song "14th Street" as it had the New York appeal. By the end of the week I had found her CD "Humming by the Flowered Vine" and it was well worth the import price. The fact that she is a New York based performer appeals even more as I love songs that are about New York or can be sung southerly about The City in the right note.
Laura does not disappoint or fail at any attempt. There are guest musicians that appear on the making of this record and just add an added bonus to the rotation of the music that spins in the player.
As the entire CD is outstanding, here are the A++ tracks:
-My number 1 favourite track is "Old Down Town," stunning at 6 minutes & never once gets mundane; many artists can not pull of a song for this length of time without losing the plot and heading in the wrong direction. This finds Laura singing about home and the complications of modern day city lifestyle.
-2nd Favourite is the downloadable MP3 "14th Street" which is exactly how I discovered upon this great very under-rated talent.
-The 3rd brilliant tune for me is "Letters."
Laura, all those times you played & sang in coffee houses surely paid off. I as a music lover feel the passion in the songs. This is fact not fiction as she was hand picked by Elvis Costello to open for his U.S. tour.
The New York times sums up the brilliance of Laura Cantrell best when they said:
"As Laura Cantrell performed 'Khaki and Corduroy,' her sleepy-sad reflection on being a Southerner transplanted to New York City . . . the auditorium [Jazz at Lincoln Center] was awash with the kind of cosmic wistfulness that the best country and folk music can conjure when it dreams of the past."
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
I agree with Stephen Holden & I think many will agree with me when I simply say that Laura Cantrell is an artist with a STUNNING VOICE who produces songs in sweetest of melodies
...but then again, some of the music I love the most today I hated ay first hearing, so I'm willing to stick with this one - I'll get back to you if and when the penny drops!...
Still, I am a huge admirer of LC's work, and hope that no one will be deterred by these comments from buying this, despite the mediocre sound. I hope that the next one will be mixed and mastered at the high level of Ms. Cantrell's artistry.
sound of her first two albums-- but I think successful. The only slight
overreach IMO is Lucinda Williams's "Letters," which even approaches
rock slightly, but isn't that distinguished a song (apologies to LW fans).
I like the somewhat new mix of instruments and those ballady songs like
"Khaki & Corduroy" (great stuff!!) & "Bees." I think her writing is finding
a more individualistic voice & this album is a positive step forward-- & I like the trad. ones too, including cool yet semi old timey vibe on "Poor Ellen Smith" (upbeat sad story approach!!??). Graceful & singular talent.
As for this album, the music and production are of the highest quality and Laura is on top of her singing game. My two main complaints are that the album is a bit slight (only 39 minutes of music!) and that there seems to be some out of place songs on here (Letters jumps out at me as one such example).
However, this is still a great album and "14th Street" is worth the price of the CD alone.