Great CD, one in a million
awest1964 | New Jersey | 04/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of people like Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, and Tori Amos. Kate MacLeod fits pretty nicely into that company of very original, very emotional, singer-songwriters. This is the CD I play for people who are new to her music and I think it is a good place to start."
Under the Mistletoe
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 04/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kate MacLeod's 3rd CD is a quiet set, kind of like Kate unplugged, if one can unplug folk music. After Kate grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C., she moved to Salt Lake City where this set was recorded. The opening track "Potters Wheel" has a lovely melody with Kate's solo electric guitar giving a remarkably full sound, "How can a farmhand rest when the wheat is so tall?" The only cover tune is Mary McCaslin's "Way Out West," given a lovely reading here with Kate's acoustic guitar and a touch of harmonica, "I fell in with a rounder who was always on the move, but he wated to make, instead of give love." With Kate's lovely violin, she sings "As I see my lover in sleep softly dreaming, I want to be there whether we're laughing or grieving," on "My Baby Leaving." "Cliffhanger" could have fit on an early Joni Mitchell album with its airy melody, "Life keeps me hanging like a mistletoe berry." "Beautiful Flowers" also has that early Joni Mitchell feel. One of my favorite tracks is the haunting "Shadow Changes" with its pretty melody & Kate's bright acoustic guitar, "Broken dreams will try my tired will & all of my friends, they know where I am dreaming." "Winter Love" is such a sweetly simple folk melody with Kate's lovely alto sounding a bit like Kate Rusby. The CD concludes with "Revelation #1" with guitar, violin and harmonica making this sound like a very full arrangement. This is lovely, sweet, stark folk music beautifully rendered. Enjoy!"