If you want one word to sum up Arlette Alcock's release of Wolfgirl it would be 'lyrics'.
This CD has some strong messages entwined in the songs, starting with Alberta Sunshine and Kitsilano Boys, the first two songs on this 11-cut effort, along with others such as the title-cut Wolfgirl.
I would say the key to enjoying this CD is to actually listen to the words, and digest the sentiment behind them.
Musically, Alcock has taken a folkish approach, keeping the instrumentation minimalist in order to highlight the words, and it works.
Alcock's voice has something of a conversational feel, perhaps homage to the oral storytelling of First Nations and Metis people. Whatever the reason, it generally works, although on occasion she might have simply opted for the spoken word as a change of pace.
This may not be for everyone, but it is a good musical window to the culture of Canada's founding people, and the messages presented are worth contemplating.
You can check it out at www.arlettemusic.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb. 13, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada