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Rhythm Angels - Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

Rhythm Angels

High Horse Records - 5875

Available from High Horse Records.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

Celeste Krenz and Rebecca Folsom have been known separately for a bit in Nashville circles as songwriters, and their break came when they performed at an in-the-round at the Bluebird Café. They were struck by the way their voices meshed with one another, and that their songs seemed to reflect similar sensibilities so they decided to team up and do this disc together. They both sing the lead vocals and play acoustic guitars and they are backed by a variety of musicians; and they either, individually, together, or with the help of various others wrote 12 of the 13 songs on this disc with the lone exception being Willie Dixon's 29 Ways. The songs are insightful and have substance to them. The voices are well matched and form almost seamless harmonies, but the disc is dreamy and with pale pastel colors not bright, vibrant and glowing with life, as the songs deserve. I would love to hear this with a spark of life injected, as the songs are that well written.

By some odd circumstances this disc arrived in the mail with one from Gretchen Peters with Tom Russell titled One To The Heart, One To The Head, which is a line of a song If I Had A Gun, written by Rebecca Folsom, Celeste Krenz, Sally Barris, Diana Jones, and Liz Barnez, and is on both discs. The difference in delivery is stark and striking. Gretchen Peters delivers the song as if this was no longer a wishful thought but an accomplished deed, and on the Rhythm Angels disc it is an idle passing wistful thought.

Track List:

  • Girls Like Us
  • If Wishes Were Horses
  • Mama's House
  • Sister Love's Café
  • Until It Comes Around Again
  • Something Good
  • If I Had a Gun
  • 29 Ways
  • Listen to October
  • Wish I Could Love Like That Again
  • If I Don't Leave Now
  • Fall Into Me
  • She Loves To Love A Fool

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
 

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