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Last Forever
Last Forever, Dick Connette, Sonya Cohen
Last Forever
Genres: Folk, Pop
 
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Composer Dick Connette's conceptual vision stands at a crossroads between composed "serious" music and the wide horizons of American folk music. His subtitle, "New and Old Songs Out of the American Tradition," only partly ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Last Forever, Dick Connette, Sonya Cohen
Title: Last Forever
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Original Release Date: 6/24/1997
Release Date: 6/24/1997
Genres: Folk, Pop
Style: Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075597944723

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Composer Dick Connette's conceptual vision stands at a crossroads between composed "serious" music and the wide horizons of American folk music. His subtitle, "New and Old Songs Out of the American Tradition," only partly describes their mysterious power, as Connette deconstructs and recombines elements of pre-industrial folk with subtle but inescapable post-atomic perceptions. His primary collaborator, vocalist Sonya Cohen, has a genetic claim to this humble miracle. Daughter of '60s folk warrior John Cohen, on a bloodline connecting her to the Seeger family, she sounds earthy, serene, unsentimentally connected to the moment yet always authentic as she interprets Connette's canny fusion of beautifully arranged vocal and instrumental evocations of Americana. From a chilling, brilliant new version of the stark "In the Pines" to Connette's masterful juxtaposition of deep holler and Bo Diddley on "Nursery Rhyme," Last Forever unreels vivid portraits of America's oldest soul music through settings that combine spinet, harmonium, hammer dulcimer, violin, guitar, banjo, and orchestration to haunting effect. Call it chamber folk if you must, but Last Forever transcends category. --Sam Sutherland

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Stirring, simple, complex
Jay Rogers | Buda, TX United States | 01/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The melodies of this album, the tones and voice of the vocalist, the strange simple lyrics from a time and place far away... haunting is the word that comes first to mind, but only in that the songs stay with you, seem to resonate with a recessive musical gene that America harbors but has almost forgotten. This is my favorite of the Last Forever albums, but perhaps because I heard it first. If you haven't given Dick & Sonya's sounds multiple listens, I suggest you give it a try."
Achingly beautiful, starkly gorgeous
Jay Rogers | 12/16/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The boundless loveliness of this disc is matched by its sorrow and melancholy. A beautiful recording of often deceptively simple yet always intriguing, smart arrangements..."
Great "Chamber Folk" CD
Music Fan | NYC | 11/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wonderful CD. Mergers violins, clavinet and the wonderful voice of Sonya Cohen with interesting lyrics and enjoyable arrangments. Not for someone looking to 'rock out', but great for a quiet, thoughtful time."