Review for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
By Mark Horn
Albums of self-examination and self-expression are certainly not new; when they're bad, they are really bad, but when they're good they're something special. Dar Williams new release is one of the best of it's kind. Her songs are beautiful textures of story and impression woven into a strong fabric of exceptional music.
The album opens with "When I Was A Boy," a clever reflection on what happens to girls as they grow up. "The Babysitter's Here" brings back the wonder of making friends with someone older - you remember hero worship don't you? Where else could you find a song about an arsonist tucked neatly into a collection of muses about difficult relationships and growing up. From the trials and triumphs of love to grace of life's passing, Williams insight and wit won't let you put this album away.
The production is sparse, however, it complements Dar's song writing style. This is Dar's first album for Waterbug, and follows "I Have Not History (1990)" and "All My Heroes Are Dead (1991)."
Look for this western Massachusetts minstrel in your area soon, but why wait; pick up "The Honesty Room" and enjoy this master of her craft.