Never Grow Old
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Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen have made perfectly fine albums on their own, but together they tend to magnify their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. When they united for this effort in the mid-'90s the result was rather special. Part of this album's appeal lies in the songs they selected, which include such whimsically humorous fare as "Bill Morgan and His Gal" and "The Housewife's Lament," sweetly melancholy songs like the Civil War lament "Richmond on the James" and "Master Kilby," and a sprinkling of old-fashioned devotional songs thrown in for good measure ("Where We'll Never Grow Old," "Evening Shade"). But a large part of its appeal is in the collaborators they invited to participate in the sessions — these include such fairly obvious choices as Tom Paxton (on the very fine "Mary Anne") and John Hartford (on the even better "Wolves a-Howlin'), as well as more obscure artists. Of the last, the best performances come courtesy of the Volo Bogtrotters ("Bill Morgan and His Gal"), Gordon Bok (the gorgeous "Master Kilby"), and John Roberts and Tony Barrand, who sing along on a stunning second version of the title track. One or two songs are less than compelling, but, taken overall, this is one of the most satisfying folk albums of the 1990s.
I like it
The first time I heard “The Housewife’s Lament” I knew I had to have it. My roommate and I have decided this is our new theme song. I also like “Bill Morgan and His Gal”, and she likes “Pretty Silvia” (which somehow reminds me of The Princess Bride except not funny). As a musician, I appreciate the interesting vocal harmonies; this is definitely not the kind of music I normally listen to, but I like it.
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s
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