SchoolDays Skip Rope Song Gentle Annie Alice Blue Gown Porte En Arriere What'll I Do Dig My Grave Cool River Heartburn NaCl Bon Voyage Allez-Vous-En Green Green Rocky Road Young Love Year Of The Dragon Forever And The Same Talk To Me Of Mendocino Baltimore Fire Johnny's Gone To Hilo Time On My Hands Goodnight Sweetheart
This elegantly produced family album contains an embarassment of riches. For the McGarrigles aren't just any family. Besides sisters Kate and Anna (and Jane), there's Kate's ex-husband Loudon Wainwright, their singer/songwriter offspring Rufus and Martha Wainright as well as old friends like multi-instrumentalist Chaim Tannebaum and producer Joe Boyd. Add guests Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris and the table can get a little crowded here. The atmosphere never loses that saving intimacy however. Each individual is allowed his or her moment in the limelight--Rufus shines especially on his original "Heartburn", Martha on hers, "Year Of the Dragon". Most of the numbers are old-timey parlor songs--whether public domain traditional folk, Stephen Foster's "Gentle Annie" or Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do". The McGarrigles' special gift has always been to invest this homespun material with something other than "traditional" values. This get-together--the sisters' best record in years--is no exception. Their music remains sharp and pungent, a little acerbic, and always mindful of the tragic undercurrent lurking beneath the surface warmth.
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