STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10192-9647 LABEL: Signpost SP18102 FORMAT: CD Album
Reviewed by Steve Best
This collection features daughter Sarah and continues the extremely high quality we have come to expect from a man described - quite rightly in my opinion - by Billboard magazine's Larry LeBlanc as "...a Canadian musical treasure." All selections here are beautifully performed and arranged, particularly the jazzy treatment given to the traditional "I'll Fly Away". Carolyn Arends has contributed "Getting Ready For Glory", written about Steve's grandparents who were missionaries to China, while "Subtle Shiver" comes from a 17 year old babysitter, showing remarkable maturity. Steve's superb guitar playing is to the fore throughout, but is really given a chance to shine on the fabulous "Air Jam" instrumental. Things come to an all-too-soon close with a perky reading of Paul Simon's "59th Street Bridge Song", which features Steve's sons Micah and Jesse on guitar, bass and lead vocals, while a final hidden track features a four year old Sarah singing a snippet of a hymn. This really is a superbly crafted and performed album, perfect late night music, and truly inspired.
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