****review in R2 (Rock’n’Reel)
October 1, 2014. No comments.
Four-star review by Colin Hall in the new Sept/Oct issue of R2 (Rock’n’Reel
**** Crook’s beautiful voice is immediately heard at it’s soaring, aching best on the opening brace of tunes…
Few do wistful better than Jennifer Crook and Carnforth Station is sublime confirmation of this rare gift. As the title suggests, it’s a collection of songs about lives in motion and Crook’s beautiful voice is immediately heard at it’s soaring, aching best on the opening brace of tunes: ‘Long Drive Back Home From Love’ and the title track. Respectively songs of rediscovery and of missed opportunities, they capture the expressive quality of Crook’s vocals, her deft harp playing, and the understated excellence of the other members of her travelling trio: Beth Porter cello, fiddle, harmonies)and Mike Cosgrave (guitar, accordion, harmonies).
Crook does not confine herself to melancholia. The jaunty ‘I’ve Forgotten Everything’ provides a catchy tune guaranteed to have audiences dancing and singing along. Elsewhere her fine banjo playing, Porter’s excellent fiddle, the trios lovely harmonies and exquisite lap steel courtesy of Kevin Brown – one of the UK’s finest slide players – allows ‘Black Fly’ to weave an irresistible spell. And at the end, another highlight as the intimate, beautifully arranged ‘For You’ (with Miranda Sykes on double bass) brings proceedings to a thoughtful close.