Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
For years northern Virginia has been a mecca for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Vassar Clements, and the Seldom Scene. The small clubs there nurture artists, freeing them from having to conform to trends. Now on... more »
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For years northern Virginia has been a mecca for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Vassar Clements, and the Seldom Scene. The small clubs there nurture artists, freeing them from having to conform to trends. Now one can add the Kennedys to that stately list of Virginians. After years of backing Kate Wolf, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, and Nanci Griffith, the Kennedys come into their own on their third album. Husband and wife Pete and Maura Kennedy have produced a sparkling album of unassuming songs performed with understated authority. Whereas their first album, River of Fallen Stars, had a decidedly Celtic feel, Angel Fire offers more of a folk-pop aura, albeit with a strong traditional undercurrent. Nothing here rings false. In fact, the whole album could be performed on a coffeehouse stage, and therein lies much of its charm. --Anthony Bonet
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Literate folk-rock filled with interesting ideas and music
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This husband and wife team wears their influences on their sleeve - quite literally, on the CD sleeve. Books (Chekhov, Rilke) and records (Dylan, Beatles, Byrds) that inspired the words and music of their third LP can be found annotating each song's lyrics.Despite the tinge of intellectualism, the music is as warm and inviting as the oversized cups the Kennedys hold in nearly every photo. Their coffeehouse folk is rife with fluid melodies and chiming 12-string guitar, and their vocalizing takes inspiration from mid-60s duos like Ian & Silvia and Richard & Mimi Farina.Whether they're riffing on the writings of Vaclav Havel or Emily Dickinson, finding inspiration in the music of Gabriel Faure or Buffalo Springfield, picking at guitars, banjos and mandolins, or simply paying homage to New York radio legend Vin Scelsa, the result is superbly crafted, highly-literate and very memorable music."
First rate folk-rock-pop, family style.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I did something I rarely do -- I ordered this disk without ever having heard a note of the Kennedy's music. But I had read warm comments and reviews, and also an interview in which I was impressed with the seriousness with which they approached their work, and also their warmth and wit. I'm pleased to say the gamble brought me as welcome a surprise as any disk I've bought this year. The Kennedys offer a delightful mix of original and traditional acoustic folk with a scattering of other styles. Their writing is not particularly deep or insightful, but it is idealistic, polished, and uplifting. Maura Kennedy has a lovely sweet soprano I could listen to all day, and Pete Kennedy's virtuosic picking on a variety of fretted instruments anchors busy, well constructed arrangements that always seem just right. This is as joyous, positive, and enjoyable a record as you'll hear this year. Not to be missed!"
Wonderful & fresh
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fresh wonderful music based in the best of Rock and Folk with influences by the Byrds, the Beatles, and Gabriel Faure. Reminescent of the best early 70s music (ie. Cat Stevens and Jim Croce) but with a lyricism and musicality that is unique. Highly reccommended."