Picks and Pans Review: Love Over and Over
The McGarrigles' songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt (Heart Like a Wheel) and Maria Muldaur (Cool River), among others. But the resonant harmonies of their own vocal duets are an acquired taste, a sweet yet tangy concoction on the order of, say, rhubarb pie. The 11 songs on this album, recorded over 33 months in seven different studios, are typically haunting. Anna's composition Sun, Son (Shining on the Water) has the clean sparkle of an isolated lake in the sisters' native Quebec (they're from St. Sauveur des Monts). Kate's On My Way to Town contains echoes of a little country girl paranoia in the big city. Anna successfully adapted the hymn Jesus, Lover of My Soul into Jesus Lifeline, and Bob Seger's You'll Accomp'ny Me into Tu Vas M'Accompagner. The McGarrigles' backup group includes Mark Knopfler, the Dire Straits guitarist, and Chaim Tannenbaum, a talented Montrealer who plays sax, banjo, harmonica and mandolin. A third McGarrigle sister, Jane, who co-produced the album, sings occasional backup. The result is a low-key delight, closer to traditional folk music than anything else but quietly, at times eerily appealing, however it is labeled.