‘The Year, She Turns’, Jennifer Crook’s magnificent musical almanac…would be very difficult to say which of these tracks are my favourite. Simply adore them all” (Read the full review here)
*****Reviews of Carnforth Station released September 2014*****
“It would be easy to dismiss this as a ‘folk album’. Please don’t… I urge you to give this a listen. This is contemporary songwriting and performing at it’s best. Whoever helped Crowd-fund this release – you should all be proud of yourselves”
Folk Radio UK (featured album)
“The trio are a highly skilful and solid musical unit making the most of a stunning set of songs. This is a superb record. Great playing, great songs. Win, win!
It’s also unsurprising to find that Jennifer was recently asked to take part in a programme paying tribute to Joni Mitchell… although her voice is nothing like Mitchell’s, she has a core strength that brings Blue to mind. Still, Jennifer is very much herself and also a writer with her own unique set of gifts that melodically and lyrically, place her a cut above many of her contemporaries.” READ THE FULL REVIEW
R2 (Rock’n’Reel) ****
“Crook’s beautiful voice is immediately heard at it’s soaring, aching best on the opening brace of tunes:…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.” Read more
The Telegraph*** Best Folk Music Albums of 2014
“Singer songwriter and harpist Jennifer Crook is on fine form. A quality record that showcases her talents and allows her voice to shine”
“An album of surprises, the mood shifts seamlessly into the country honk of ‘I’ve Forgotten Everything’ and ‘Black Fly’ on which Jennifer frails banjo… and the mournful ‘Torch’. Heartfelt and personal, the girls done herself proud.”
“From the first song she has me engaged….it isn’t just a piece of music it is a fantastic piece of storytelling. I think this album is going to be on my on the go playlist for years to come.”
“Incredible band… a truly perfect folk album. The Net is an epic. A swirling, bobbing, sea-swept thing of beauty. Jennifer Crook strums, plucks and shimmers over it. It’s simply magical.”
Roots and Fusion
“Heart-wrenchingly gorgeous music…just go buy the album”
Johnny Coppin BBC Radio Gloucestershire
“It’s a wonderful album”
Trevor Dann (BBC Music Producer)
“Warm, organic, real…great songs and terrific musicianship. I love it – one of my fave albums already”
From Albion and Beyond (USA)
“An album of great beauty incorporating trad Irish, bluegrass and alt country/Americana rootsy melodies married to thoughtful lyrics…superb!”
“Carnforth Station is, without any shadow of a doubt, Jennifer’s finest work to date.”
“I have no idea why this girl isn’t absolutely huge ‘cos she writes so many great songs”
“A great singer, great harp player…beautiful stuff”
*****Reviews of Merry-Go-Round released July 2011*****
Bob Harris BBC Radio 2
“I’m really, really loving the new album Merry-Go-Round – it’s beautiful”
And they don’t come much better than Darrell Scott on the austere duet and instant classic ‘Cowboys’. Jennifer has employed her stellar studio cast well and her expertise for songwriting and arrangement define this accomplished album.
Jennifer clearly feels entirely at ease with herself, her craft and her support crew… with some typically appealing melodies that you swear you know from somewhere but can’t quite place. Jennifer’s gently judged singing proves ideal for her material…It’s a lovely CD.
“If you don’t get a warm glow when you listen to songs like She Wore Red, Come September, Cowboys or Catching Butterflies, then I can only assume that you are cold and dead inside. An amazing, amazing record, the kind of thing that gives modern folk a good name.”
The duet with Darrell on Cowboys is goose-bump gorgeous, the quirky Probably the Rain and the instrumental vignette of The Spin top and tail the excellent She Wore Red. Another duet, this time with Boo leading Baltimore into the closing take on Gillian Welch’s One Little Song prove a sublime conclusion. The latter’s simple harp and the harmony of Jennifer and Eddi Reader is breath taking…
‘Merry Go Round’ really delivers both lyrically and musically. She’s put together an amazing team to work on this collection. It’s a first rate band, and the overall feeling is laid back, understated and relaxed; and that’s a perfect match for Jennifer’s vocals and lyrics. From the vivid storytelling in ‘She Wore Red’ to the beautiful imagery in ‘Come September’, Crook is a writer who paints a picture with an elegant turn of phrase.
R2 Rock ‘n’ Reel:
Crook is a class act… delivering instantly hummable, captivating vignettes in her warm, generous voice. It would of course be churlish to ask for more, yet more there is. What gives this album the edge is the clutch of tracks into which she weaves her magnificent harp playing…
It’s the more reflective numbers like She Wore Red‘s hymn to the free spirit 60s that stand out and mark her transition from go to session harpist to star turn.
****A brilliant new album
The songs of Jennifer Crook deserve to be known by a wider audience. MERRY-GO-ROUND provides an excellent and easily accessible starting point to her musical world.
*****Reviews of A Few Small Things released May 2008*****
“An enchanting album…one of those records that repeatedly delights and captivates”
****Exquisite…a remarkable CD with a great collection of self-penned songs”
“Tender acoustic finesse…Ten originals with roots in traditional folk but which head for the mainstream thanks to their stimulating melodies and supreme settings….will touch a nerve with many a soul and certifies Jennifer’s status as a talent with a white light future”
“Though there are legions of North Americans mining this neo-traditional territory loosely termed Americana, there surprisingly aren’t many English singer-songwriters following a parallel course. Most seem to be either hung up on imitating American songcraft or sticking to a purist version of English folk. A Few Small Things is unique, a breath of fresh air, and hopefully the way forward.”