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Album Review

Karine Polwart's first solo disc brought plenty of success to the former Malinky singer, and it's no surprise. Her writing blossoms here on Faultlines, with fully formed, confidently performed material that actually leans a little more towards American alt country rather than her native Scots folk, as on "The Sun's Comin' Over the Hill." There's a definite darkness to a lot of the material, but it's treated with beautiful observance and compassion, while the acoustic arrangements give it a sense of lightness. There's a sly humor in her words, too, which serves to underline her characters, and her voice, beguiling and intimate. Not everything is perfect — a couple of tracks don't quite match the quality of the others — but there's ample material here to commend Polwart not as a talent to watch, but as one who's fully arrived


Born: 23 December 1970 in Stirlingshire, Scotland

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

From Banknock in Stirlingshire, Scotland, Karine Polwart was a late developer in musical terms; she was nearly 30 before she became a professional, nervously launching a career initially built on traditional Scots music, for which she showed such natural aptitude. She also began putting her faith in her own songs and later remodeled herself as a singer/songwriter. Many of the songs she subsequently wrote were drawn from her experiences as a social worker specializing in domestic and child abuse cases...
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