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Amy Duncan - Pilgrimage


Amy Duncan

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Philip Fairbanks

Amy Duncan's voice needs to be insured by Lloyd's of London. Like other talented female vocalists from Joni Mitchell to Patti Smith, the sheer range and power of Duncan's vocal apparatus are breathtaking. From the sweetest high notes to the most soulful bass tones, Duncan's voice evolves through her songs literally before your ears. On tracks like You see (right in), something about her phrasing is one part Joan Baez, one part Irish folk and one part Sarah Brightman. Walk Away is another piece showing off Amy's vocal virtuosity and range. The songs are at home at sunny picnics as they would be on a stormy night. The emotional expression in her music is reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Her creations communicate directly heart to heart.

The suspended notes in I Surrender, leave the listener in limbo while Amy's voice soars from heavenly heights to stygian depths. Near the end of the song, softly plucked harmonics tinkle through the air and then we're back to the verse. All the songs feature unobtrusive instrumental accompaniment, allowing Amy's angelic voice to shine through.

Pilgrimage, the last song on the album and title track, has an 80's feel to it, jazzy soft rock bass and keyboards, with piano in the foreground. On this one Amy sounds especially Sinead.

And your brutal army,
we'll meet, but you'll never reach me,
because I'm on a pilgrimage
and your weapon won't keep me from finding my home."

Track List:

  • Wonderful Friend
  • You See (Right In)
  • Walk Away
  • I Surrender
  • Stars
  • The Only Sound
  • Unconditional Love
  • Pilgrimage

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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