Woody Nightshade - Sharron Kraus
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  • Summary: The Welsh folk singer releases her first album on the Strange Attractor label.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Mar 11, 2011
    74
    Kraus' arrangements used to be a tad predictable, putting the tools of Appalachian and British folk toward familiar ends; here, in serpentine guitar figures and rich textures, she finds her own forms.
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    Nightshade's 10 songs unpack desire and affection and come up with the notion that disappointment is every bit worth savoring as joy because a romantic betrayal might acquaint you with real (not necessarily romantic) love. So while this record sounds pensive and lingers on experiences of loss, it's not depressing.
  3. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    The record closes out well, despite the halfway-through hiccup, and anyone with an interest in the Brit-folk tradition would do well to give it a listen.
  4. Mar 11, 2011
    70
    Kraus and her various collaborators throughout--notably Christophe Albertijn, who both performed and recorded the overall effort--are a bit more plugged in overall, but if the feeling of the the album is misty folk-rock at many points, it's the folk that still predominates throughout.