Picks and Pans Review: Ballads to Warm the Heart on a Winter's Night
All 15 songs on this album are original; some border on the eccentric.
There is, for instance, Hugh Blumenfeld's "Let Me Fall in Love Before the Spring Comes" and "The Kind of Love You Never Recover From" by Christine Lavin ("Love Is Our Cross to Bear" by Lavin's friend John Gorka makes for a nice parley).
Lavin also produced the album, and her notes describe all this as "pretty romantic stuff," which raises a question about her idea of romance. The album does, however, generate a folk-tinged counterholiday urban mood, just the thing for those wind-down, after—New Year's blues. (North Star)