Accomplished Scottish trad folk star Karine Polwart is releasing her third (I believe) album, called ‘Scribbled In Chalk’. It is everything you would expect from a traditional folk album – Karine sings sweetly and strums melodically. There is a richness to the production on the album giving a full sound, always centred about the vocals, that tends to make the album sound very samey throughout.
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I think the power that should be in these songs would be expressed fully live – where the energy will be concentrated around Karine’s performance. This not a bad album at all. It’s problem is that it can too easily drop back to being ambient music that doesn’t hold the attention of the listener.
Label : Spit & Polish
Release Date : 10 April 2006
Website : www.karinepolwart.com