DOWN AT THE FAIR
When you see a CD coming from Quartette you can pretty much assume it's going to be a good one. After all this group of ladies are all veterans of the Canadian music scene with notable solo careers, and a history of great material as the group Quartette as well, having previously released five CDs, including a Christmas album.
For those unfamiliar with Quartette, the line up includes; Cindy Church, Caitlan Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson.
On Down At The Fair each member of the group brings their own influences and strengths to the effort. However, the true strength of the work is how the four weave their individual talents together creating something wonderful in the process.
Still, the ladies do let each other shine through too. Sylvia Tyson writes Twenty Shades of Blue, and there is a nice underlying feel of a blues tone here, although not so bluesy that it sounds out of place on a CD that is overall more of a folk, easy listening effort.
Hanford's That's What You Always Say To My Heart has a definite bluegrass sound, with some nice mandolin work.
All These Things Are You penned by Swick, and vocally led by her too, has a sound that seems to draw from 1960's country, although at times you wonder if there isn't a touch of stage song here too.
I love the soulful sound of Church's Nothing Can Make the World Right Again.
These ladies are professional enough to allow each their moment to lead, yet are there supporting each other through harmonies, creating a sound that is maintained throughout the CD because of that effort.
Quartette has a mature sound, no I am not saying these ladies are old, but they have the benefit of experience, the strength of a lifetime making music, and here they have drawn all that experience together to create something truly special. It's hard to imagine a better effort from this great group.
If anyone has enjoyed Quartette in the past, or been a fan of the individual careers of the members, then make sure you seek out this CD. Check it out at www.quartette.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 7, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada