FAME Review: Katya Chorover - Big Big Love
Katya Chorover - Big Big Love

Big Big Love

Katya Chorover

Cat & the Moon Records - CATM1104

Available from CD Baby.

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

This is Katya Chorover's first album in ten years, and it is an aptly titled disc as her voice comes charging out of a gate that is as immense as the Southwestern night sky on the beautiful song waltz. It is a big clean sound that has a certain boom to it that goes deep inside the listener so that he knows full well where her heart resides. She wrote nine of the eleven songs on the disc and they fit right in with the ones written by Ewan MacColl (Dirty Old Town" and a chap named Townes Van Zandt wrote (Brother Flower). It took leaving the San Juan Islands and moving to the high desert of Southwestern Colorado, Cortez, and Producer Casey Neill up in Portland, OR, to coax this album from her. It was worth the wait.

This is a mixture of roots music and acoustic country with a huge clean sound. You have the echoes and emptiness of the canyons and rocks of her home in Cortez, Colorado, combined with her blend of more citified music of the Northwest area. I believe it is Montana that is known as Big Sky Country, and Chorover has a sound that reverberates with the empty/fullness of that sky. It displays the vastness and at the same time the closeness of all that is contained or uncontained. The nine songs she has written for this disc echo this theme of together and apart and show off her big voice to great advantage. She sculpts great statues with her words and music. We give a special nod again to Casey Neill for his selection of the musicians to support her on this disc. It's a stunning example of what can be done when there is focus.

Track List:

  • Big Big Love
  • Movin' On
  • Little Bird
  • Brother Flower (Townes Van Zandt)
  • Possession
  • Cavalries of Love
  • It Wasn't Me
  • Dirty Old Town (Ewan MacColl)
  • Brand New Day
  • Whiskey Clouds
  • Satisfied Life
All songs by Katya Chorover except as noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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