Before getting to all the good things to be heard on this frequently stunning debut, there are two things that tweak me: First, I wish the respected Hudson Valley trio would let their collective hair down and mix it up a bit. The second tweak is that as accomplished as all three are at the craft of songwriting, you can sometimes feel the craft, and not the song, at play.
With that said let's get to LuAnne Thompson's countrified Cabin On The Hill. It is a resonant plea for quietude and simply the best song on a collection of very, very good songs. I doubt if anyone is better at making the simple (yet eloquent) life statements as multi-instrumentalist John Martucci does with the folk/jazzy Gratitude, and the sing-along, feel good closer Keep On Chippin. To her credit, keyboard/flutist Melissa Holland does shake up the folk foundations with the spirited, finger snapping three-part acapella Troubadour and the playfully martial Barbie 2000 ('Bulimic Barbie, press her tummy "Urp" regurgitation").
Though a few more instrumental dashes here and there wouldn't have hurt, Vito Petroccitto's clear, sparse production serves all thirteen selections well, allowing each member a spotlight and the trio a chance to shine bright. Available on CD Baby and at their numerous gigs, HTT are well worth your attention.
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