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What separates Betty Elders from the faceless plethora of singer/songwriters is the unfettered simplicity and unflinching honesty of her presentation. Elders is, in the purest sense of the word, a poet. --Thom Jurek, Detro... more »
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What separates Betty Elders from the faceless plethora of singer/songwriters is the unfettered simplicity and unflinching honesty of her presentation. Elders is, in the purest sense of the word, a poet. --Thom Jurek, Detroit Metro Times
Rose among the thorns...
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Crayons" is the fourth album since 1981 from this incisive, original artist. Her songs - - almost simple at a glance, are deceptive and enthralling. This woman is no shrinking violet. With each successive listen, one finds layers of insight and genuine wisdom woven deftly in and around soaring, powerful melody lines. Favorite cuts of this ilk are "Pastel," "Gypsy's Jewel" (Bonnie Raitt oughta cut this one), "Crayons" the title cut, "My Father's Home," and the sobering, brooding "War Between the Fears." Too bad Amazon doesn't make available Ms. Elders three other albums, as well; "Peaceful Existence" (1995; the true five-star jewel in her crown, from which Joan Baez borrowed "Crack in the Mirror" and "Long Bed from Kenya" on her 1997 Gone From Danger CD), "Daddy's Coal," (1989) and " After the Curtain" (1981) - - all great albums, great writing, and pristine production from Ms. E. And each as gratifying an aural experience as "Crayons!" Given the current morass of musical mediocrity, this album is truly a standout."
A SONGWRITING TREASURE
Larry L. Looney | Austin, Texas USA | 12/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Betty Elders work in general, and her two latest albums in particular (of which this is the newest) are some of the finest examples of contemporary songwriting available. She has a wonderful voice, crafts some of the most beautiful arrangements around her songs, and has a unique way of opening her heart to her audience through her art that is rare in a business that is so full of shallowness. From the first words of 'The long night', the listener is pulled in, aware that something very special has been gifted here. This is music to envelop the heart and soul, music to heal, music to treasure. Some of Austin's finest musicians add their tasteful touches to complete the package. Also recommended: her previous cd, PEACEFUL EXISTENCE, which contains two songs covered in recent years by no less an icon than Joan Baez...."