Lucy Kaplansky "Over The Hills" (Red House Records 2007)
Former psychologist continues musical journey
"Over The Hills", is New York based artist Kaplansky's sixth album on Red House Records. The album consists of 5 originals and 5 cover versions, by artists as diverse as Bryan Ferry and Loudon Wainwright.
The record is loosely based on the Kaplansky family history of settlement in America, with all of its associated struggles and success. Kaplansky's voice is a laconic drawl that works best on her own material, and also on her cover of Wainwright's "Swimming Ground". However, her version of "Ring of Fire",loses all of the energy of the original and Kaplansky ends up sounding ever so slightly bored.
Without doubt, Kaplansky is at her best on her own compostions. Album highlight, "Today's The Day" is a beautifully poignant lament to her deceased father, and "Over The Hills", is infused with the classic spirit of North American country music.
Kaplansky is visiting the UK in June and December of this year. It may well be worth taking the time to catch her live show.
Date review added: Monday, May 21, 2007
Reviewer: Dan Wilkinson
Related web link: Artist Website