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Singer-songwriter Caroline Herring is a worthy talent, and though lauded by many in the past I have always thought her vocals to be lightweight. However, my prejudices have in the main been pushed aside through her work on this beautifully presented album. Vocally, on one or two occasions I still possess reservations but even here I am warming to her with every play. Golden Apples … is one of those records where you continually discovering pieces magical content.
Golden Apples Of The Sun is made up of both her own songs, well chosen covers and two poems! It doesn’t come much more eclectic material than this. Herring keeps a tight ship and with her music, compact and never flamboyant it is one of those set of recordings where once you become addicted you can’t let go or want to for that matter.
‘Long Black Veil’ is wonderful song and has been covered by more people than you could swing a stick at, and admittedly, better by a selective few. Before you think I am coming down hard on Caroline her cover is a fine one and of which I am becoming fonder with each and every play. ‘See See Rider’ more often than not listed as ‘C.C Rider’ possessing classy Dobro from producer and instrumental ace, David Goodrich, who is all over the album and apart from Herring (guitar, banjo) is the only other picker.
As for her own compositions ‘Dozens’ and the beautiful sketch ‘Tales Of The Islander’ aided by her working of William Butler Yeats’ ‘Song Of The Wandering Aengus’ (a folk song) are first class efforts that would be hard to better. Although after a few spins Joni Mitchell’s ‘Cactus Tree’ and a fabulous cover of the Cyndi Lauper hit ‘True Colors’ come incredibly near. ‘Tales Of The Islander’ that she opens with is beautiful easy on your ear, mellow, almost dreamy (like a lovely summer’s day) piece that lures the listener to her music as the accompaniment of trimmed down acoustic guitar and piano are as ever sensitive to the lyrics and her plaintive vocals.
Golden Apples Of the Sun is a fine, understated little album; an excellent one to keep it handy for times you require the feeling of space, time to reflect and to mull over your thoughts, kick back and enjoy your favourite tipple.

Maurice Hope

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HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *MM, *SZ
2 -- 66
DANNY SCHMIDT / Standard Deviation / Live Once Records *JJ, *HdB,
*TK, *AN, *GS, *MF, *SP
3 2 53
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *MP,
*PvG, *ME
4 -- 49
MERCY JOHN / Let It Go Easy / Butler *LK, *JD
5 3 45
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *FSch
6 4 44
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent
7 -- 42
RYAN BINGHAM / American Love Song / Thirty Tigers *HB
8 6 36
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *CRS
9 24 35
KALYN FAY / Good Company / Horton *JV, *JBo
11 35
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc Records
11 -- 34
VARIOUS / Songs of Our Native Daughters / Smithsonian Folkways
*FCe, *PJ, *PK
12 8 28
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *FB
-- 28
J.S. ONDARA / Tales of America / Verve Records *AL, *WV
14 -- 28
MADELEINE ROGER / Cottonwood / Independent *LM
15 -- 24
KIM LENZ / Slowly Speeding / Blue Star *MvP
-- 24
LILY & MADELEINE / Canterbury Girls / New West *TJ
17 12 23
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH, *BH
18 -- 22
ETHAN JOHNS with The Black Eyed Dogs, Anamnesis, Three
Crows/Proper *RK, *JB
-- 22
LONG RYDERS / Psychedelic Country Soul / Cherry Red Records *JS
20 5 19
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways
21 -- 18
YOUNG VALLEY / Young Valley / Dial Back Sound *DHo, *CvL
-- 18
KERRI POWERS / Starseeds / Continental
23 -- 17
THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS / Easy Way / Walkie Talkie *KG
24 -- 16
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *PR
-- 16
MICHAEL McDERMOTT / Orphans / Pauper Sky *JDoel *

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