Sunday, 20 March 2011

Gini Woolfolk - In The Springtime

Sometimes an album makes you really stop and listen – this is one such album
Gini Woolfolk’s new album IN THE SPRINGTIME brings together a really earthy traditional blend of country/folk. There are definite hints of Emmylou Harris in Gini’s vocal style. Talented musicians like Dan Davidson and Jon White bring this album to life and give it plenty of atmosphere and charm. The instrumentation is varied with everything from the guitar to the Dobro being featured. Cold, Hard Facts Of Love gets the album off to a flying start. Gini’s vocals are refreshing in sound, sounding modern yet thoroughly old-fashioned at the same time. This is an upbeat opening song that moves a long at a fast pace. The Water’s Edge is a slower song with a strong folk vibe running through it. Up The Mountain is a quality traditional country/bluegrass song. The instrumentation on this song really brings it to life and transports the listener to a different era. When The Ice Melts is a lovely song and definitely one of the highlights of this glorious album. Gini’s vocals have a slightly more modern feel on this particular number. You’re Beautiful is a heavier song with a strong modern folk feel. Gini’s vocals are deeper and less traditional in style. Lovebugs is a fast paced jolly song with an old-fashioned feel. The Hardest Part sees the mood slow a little. The instrumentation slips well and truly into the background on this song allowing Gini’s wonderful vocals to really shine. Three Bullets is a catchy folk/country song. This is a fast paced song, which reminds me of Mary Black and Seth Lakeman. If you like songs that tell a story then you will love this song. The title song In The Springtime is a charming country song. Gini’s vocals are rich and delightful. This song certainly deserves its place on the album. The final song comes all too soon. This is one of those albums you find yourself never wanting to end. Wild Mountain Thyme is Gini’s take on the popular Scottish folk song Will Ye Go, Lassie Go. Gini brings this song to life with her wonderful vocals. She certainly puts her own stamp on this song, giving it a lovely upbeat feel. It is hard not to fall in love with this album. It is just packed full of amazing songs about everything from love to loss and anger to hopefulness. There is so much energy contained in these songs. This album will appeal to fans of traditional country, modern country and folk that transcends modern and more traditional genres.

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