Irish Music Magazine Review
by Nicky Rossiter
DUBLIN - Here we have a very welcome album of new songs and music all the way from the west coast of America. The sisters Willow, Greta & Solana have been very well received at festivals over the past few years and they now give those unable to attend the live gigs a chance to experience some wonderful music.
In keeping with tradition they open with the title track of the album which like all dozen tracks comes from their own combined pens. It has a lovely driven beat that contrasts beautifully with the sweet voices. I particularly liked the instrumental bridges on this track. Against the Grain gives us a chance to truly appreciate the virtuosity of the players in this group.Then we are back to the well thought out lyrics on Wandering. This gives us a set of wonderful “word pictures”.
As always there has to be a stand out track that one would hope to hear getting airplay. On this album there is no doubt that such a track is Mermaids. There are almost a dozen instruments added to a trio of vocals on the song and the end result is a rich, warm and compelling song that has once again some wonderful musical sections that display the talent of the Gothard Sisters. This track also gives us a lovely fabled story.
The nautical theme carries through to Bells on the Hill despite the title. Cat and the Fiddle is a perky toe tapper that is a joy to hear – it seems to take its cues from a certain well–known rhyme.
Slowing the pace down beautifully is When the Rain Falls a doleful instrumental that reflects the mood of a day spent indoors as the rain does fall. If you want to tell children a fairytale seek out the lyrics of Rose, Marie and Heather. They close this wonderful album with Colors of Home in a performance that will leave you wondering where the time went and hoping for a new release as soon as possible.
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