- Audio CD (Sept. 24 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Spit & Polish
- ASIN: B00006JJ1E
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
When the Roses Bloom Again Import
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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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.
It is a telling commentary on modern country music that the finest new voices are coming out of "nontraditional" locales. Mind you, these voices do not receive any significant airplay, but they are there for those looking/listening hard enough to find them.
Throw away your Shania Twain and Darryl Worley cookiecutter discs. Pick up some Laura Cantrell and be reintroduced to great country music.
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