8/10 Brian Staff review, 14 July 2011
Lady with harp alert. We have reports of another lady with a harp releasing a record on Drag City. This lady, is not, I repeat not Joanna Newsom. Is she a fraudster, a charlatan, a trickster?? Is she Mum of Newsom? Nah, not really - this is one of those lovingly re-released early 70's cult faves that DC seem to have made the passionate re-issuing of their forte. There's not a great deal I can say about this incredibly pretty, sunny & positive folk record that hasn't been covered by the press release. Carol has a high lively voice that does almost touch on the ethereal and her arrangements are jaunty, dreamy & cheerful odes to the beauty & vitality of life. This music is far too pure & ecstatic to have anything but itself to speak for it. She's probably actually a little too happy for much of my personal listening tastes (hahaha, what a miserable sod I am) but if that's taken as any kind of criticism then surely I am a horrible, hateful retard, not a lover of music. And this music is demanding to be loved, another life-affirming explosion from the continually rewarding canon of Drag City. Archive folk at it's most hearty, some of the harp paying on here is quite transcendental!!
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