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Album Review

This is an album of folk-rock covers performed by the Big Three singer/songwriters of the most recent folk revival, and it works well, if not perfectly. It starts off with the most risky number, a shimmering version of R.E.M.'s "Fall on Me." Dar Williams doesn't quite have the right voice for this song, but the band arrangements and backing vocals work nicely and the track ends up being very pretty in its way. The rest of the program is more of what you'd expect: story-songs by songwriters admired by the three performers, including James Keelaghan (whose "Cold Missouri Waters" is a harrowing firefighting tale), Robert Earl Keen ("Shades of Gray"), and Greg Brown ("Lord, I Have Made You a Place in My Heart"). Lucy Kaplansky, who has the best voice of the three, sings the heartbreakingly sweet "Speaking with the Angel," and there's a very interesting a cappella version of Leslie Smith's "Northern Cross," sung here in wide-open, medieval-sounding harmony. A couple of tunes rock out in a country-ish sort of way, and there's a nice version of Richard Shindell's "Ballad of Mary Magdalene." At times it sounds like the group members are still trying to figure out how best to work together, but fans of these artists won't be disappointed.

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Mary, not Mark

For the record, track 12 is "The Ballad of *Mary* Magdalen," not "*Mark* Magdalen.....that would put a whole new spin on the Da Vinci code theory, though...

Cold Missouri Waters

'Cold Missouri Waters' is based on a tragic, historaical smokejumpers event ( August 5, 1949), that happend out in Montana's Helena National Forest (Fire of Mann Gulch) . The spot is still marked. The crew chief, who is the narrator of this tale, passed away from Lou Gehrig's Disease before the investigation could be completed if he was at fault or not. He died feeling that their deaths were his fault. The investigation found that he was not at fault. It is a sad piece of American history, and one that should be remembered. This song brings tears to the eyes with the emotion that it evokes, imagining a man who only two years prior was running up and down mountains is laid low in a hospital bed wrecked by guilt and disease. It is a good one to have in any collection.

(5 stars for this song only)


By way of sorrow is literally the best song in the universe, nuff said.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s

The contemporary folk trio Cry Cry Cry was a collaboration between the acclaimed solo singers/songwriters Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell. Their self-titled debut LP -- a collection of covers featuring material by R.E.M., Ron...
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