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Blues/Country/Folk - Released November 17, 2017 | Hudson Records

Distinctions Songlines Five-star review

Folk - Released August 12, 2012 | Hegri Music

Home to surely the first ever Scottish folk song about Donald Trump, the Burns Unit vocalist Karine Polwart's ambitious fifth solo album, Traces, underlines why she's built a reputation as one of the scene's most intriguing singer/songwriters. Delivered in her thick Stirlingshire accent, opener "Cover Your Eyes" suggests that The Apprentice's boss might want to give her a wide berth should they ever cross paths in the Aberdeen coastal area where he developed his $100-million golf course. The pounding military drums, chiming glockenspiels, and mournful brass on "King of Birds," which references the Occupy movement at London's St. Paul's Cathedral, also continues the protest theme. But despite its rather defiant start, the follow-up to 2008's This Earthly Spell is far more concerned about dealing with issues of loss and bereavement than putting the world to rights. The contemplative "Strange News" reflects on the different ways in which her family reacted to the death of her younger cousin. The haunting "We're All Leaving" attempts to understand the turmoil of Charles Darwin as he grieves over his late ten-year-old daughter while embarking on his various discoveries, while the unsettling but poignant closer "Half a Mile" imagines the last walk of a schoolgirl who was murdered and abducted 30 years ago. If that all sounds a little heavy-going, then there are a few lighter, almost poppier moments, such as "Tears for Lot's Wife," a tale about the fall of Sodom with an enchanting Sarah McLachlan-meets-Enya vibe about it, and the gentle lilting folk balladry of "Don't Worry." But Traces is undoubtedly defined by Polwart's ability to create beauty within even the most devastating of subject matter. ~ Jon O'Brien

Folk - Released April 4, 2010 | Hegri Music


Folk - Released December 10, 2007 | Hegri Music


Folk - Released November 22, 2004 | Neon Productions

Karine Polwart's first solo disc brought plenty of success to the former Malinky singer, and it's no surprise. Her writing blossoms here on Faultlines, with fully formed, confidently performed material that actually leans a little more towards American alt country rather than her native Scots folk, as on "The Sun's Comin' Over the Hill." There's a definite darkness to a lot of the material, but it's treated with beautiful observance and compassion, while the acoustic arrangements give it a sense of lightness. There's a sly humor in her words, too, which serves to underline her characters, and her voice, beguiling and intimate. Not everything is perfect -- a couple of tracks don't quite match the quality of the others -- but there's ample material here to commend Polwart not as a talent to watch, but as one who's fully arrived ~ Chris Nickson

Miscellaneous - Released November 8, 2017 | Hudson Records


Christmas Music - Released December 9, 2010 | Delphonic Records

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