Rachel Harrington: Celilo Falls

~ Monday, 6 December 2010
Rachel Harrington has been a welcome visitor to these shores for many years now and has built a strong reputation for her live shows, both solo and with Lindisfarne's Rod Clements, but she has been sadly overlooked with her recorded output. With this her third studio album, she looks set to redress that imbalance with a beautiful sounding record packed full of inspirational and stirring Americana that stands her apart from many of her contemporaries.

You are left in no doubt about Harrington's musical preferences from the very start of the record with House Of Cards oozing a Southern Delta sauciness complete with vocals that roll and drawl with a world weariness of someone who has seen life through a different pair of eyes. Here In My Bed is a song of true quality and rare beauty, the outstanding track here in my humble opinion, that strips the arrangement back to allow her voice to steal the show.

The quality continues in the poetic Goodbye Amsterdam, the lilting You Don't Know and the magical Where Are You and then we arrive at her cover of Art Hanlon's Spokane where Harrington makes it her own and, dare I say, betters Hanlon himself. This is an album that will instantly hook any fan of Americana and offers even the casual listener a hugely rewarding experience. Harrington deserves to be mentioned alongside the likes of Nancy Griffith, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris and this album will make sure she is.


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