Reviews

April 4, 2008 at 12:31 am (music)

The Return of Pansy Smith and Violet Jones

The Utne Reader: “The find of the year and perhaps beyond…an album that is magical.”

Minnesota Public Radio: “…intricate vocal harmonies, and lyrics with a strong flavor of Edgar Allen Poe…”

Dirty Linen: “…a pleasing album that concentrates on the excellent vocals of Emma Bull and the energetic fiddling of Lorraine Garland…”

Relix: “Highly recommended to anyone with an inkling of interest in music of the British Isles.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune: “The pure, sweet and simple vocals, lovely odes, vivid tales, and a fair share of traditional takes are more than enough to satiate any fan of the Waterboys or Chieftains.”

City Pages: “The weird charms of the Flash Girls’ modern-traditional songwriting and vocal harmonies are growing on me with each listen to their CD.”

Folk Roots: “It’s acoustic, bold and like all things a touch wicked, delicious.”

St. Paul Pioneer Press: “Awash in strains of traditional Celtic, Hungarian and Norwegian guitar/fiddle/mandolin arrangements, and the tortured-to- beatific vocals (but never overwrought, unlike so many modern minstrel wannabes) of Bull and Garland…(an) exquisite CD.”

Maurice and I

 Rambles: “…everything folk-rock should be: lively and fresh, bold innovations built atop thick veins of tradition. The songwriting is clever, the musicianship is tight and the scattering of familiar tunes are arranged in distinctive, original sets. The vocals are the strongest piece of the album — their’s is an odd mix of voices which grow on the listener a little more each time the music is played. There is no good reason not to own this album.”

City Pages: “The Flash Girls have created a wide-open creative space for all manner of quality material, be it humorous, haunting, or homey. The musical variety and lyrical veracity makes Maurice and I endlessly interesting.”

Mostly Folk: “talented and innovative…for enthusiasts of unusual and innovative acoustic and Celtic music.”

Amazon.com’s Editorial Reviews: “Haunting, humorous, irreverent, and infectious.”

Dirty Linen: “…fine originals by Bull…excellent instrumentals by Lorraine…this is not an album for those who hold folk to be a sacred, unlaughable matter… a delightful album.”

Play Each Morning Wild Queen

 Green Man Review: “…unique, fascinating, esoteric, and just plain fun.”

“Bite on Hollywood” in NoHo LA: “…filled with sensational Gothic, Celtic folk music, with famed artist Neil Gaiman (Sandman) writing some of the songs. One of the highlights is “Lily of the West.”

“CD Picks” in NoHo LA: “The Flash Girls kick off this CD with some vigorous Mediterranean fiddling, making an abrupt leap into Celtic folk close-harmony singing. Congas, mandolin, acoustics, spoons, tin whistle, accordion, washboard, whew!…where is the kitchen sink? Sandwiched in is “A Meaningful Dialogue,” a sugar-frosted 50s pop/folk ditty. Notes on the inner sleeve allude to Hawaiian ghosts as an enigmatic source of inspiration for this collection of flutteringly melodic songs. “All Purpose Folk Song (Child’s Ballad #1)” is delivered a cappella in a deadpan manner covering such black humor subjects as dead wives in the larder and the like. Lorraine Garland & Emma Bull have set about braiding their lovely voices together to whisk you along tapping & whirling amidst the ether. Stay tuned after “Nottingham Ale” for a lurking bonus track. Oops! I’ve spilled the barley!”

Rambles: “Diversity is the watchword when dealing with these formidable ladies…Cunning musicianship sets traditional roots on end for a unique package sure to find a home in the hearts of fey folkies everywhere.”

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