FAME Review: Rachel Harrington - Celilo Falls
Rachel Harrington - Celilo Falls

Celilo Falls

Rachel Harrington

Skinny Dennis Records - SKD005

Available from Rachel Harrington's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Haunted; this collection of songs of thousands of broken dreams, crashed loves, with the ghosts of those destroyed chasing after the singer, with hollow banshee wails in the wind; and yet there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Stark and yet richly painted stories that are timeless with echoes of Edgar Allan Poe lurking in the background. It is ancient and at the same time modern. It is a disc that is sure to wake you up from the doldrums of pop with its primeval sounding gothic tales. Make no mistake this is not the breathy singer that uses a whisper for effect, Rachel Harrington has a strong voice that is emotive and it pulls the same emotion from the depth of the song. There are 13 songs, all are written by Ms Harrington with the exception of House of Cards, which was written by her and Producer Evan Brubaker, and Spokane, by Art Hanlon. The songs are evocative stories, though they are generally about pain and loss there is a force and potency to them that will not be denied. When she wants to she can go to the brighter side of life and love.

She also is a strong guitar player and her acoustic guitar is the main backing on the songs. That said she has some very strong musicians playing behind her on this disc, they echo the feel of the song. The production work on this disc by Evan Brubaker is outstanding—a special note to the persuasive fiddle and pedal steel work of Dan Salini pulling the emotion to a taut breaking point, and the feel on the Dobro and banjo of Colby Sander. This is not a disc I would listen to every day because of the haunting effect it has, however it is a disc that deserves listen and I know there are times when I will long for the effects of this disc because it is a powerhouse. A beautiful piece of work.

Track List:

  • House Of Cards
  • Here In My Bed
  • Little Pink
  • Goodbye Amsterdam
  • You'll Do
  • He Started Building My Mansion In Heaven Today
  • You Don't Know
  • Pretty Saro
  • Bury Me Close
  • Where Are You
  • Spokane
  • Let Me Sleep In Your Arms Tonight
  • The Last Jubilee

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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