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Fiona Mackenzie - Elevate - Mike Wilson (www.folking.com)


06 January 2009
www.folking.com
Mike Wilson

 

It was in January this year that I first heard Fiona Mackenzie's début solo album, Elevate, and I was immediately gripped by this wonderful recording.

The lyrical simplicity of Fiona's writing belies a warm and undeniably moving sentiment throughout, and there is a fragility in Fiona's voice that you can't help but fall for. Calum Malcolm's exquisite production inevitably lifts the album beyond the ordinary, with some inspired arrangements and an ethereal soundscape that draws you in to a world that boasts both comfort and eeriness. Emmylou Harris' Wrecking Ball album, produced by the equally adept Daniel Lanois, is one of Fiona's favourite albums, and with Elevate, Fiona has her very own Wrecking Ball -- the sound being every bit as challenging, the totality being every bit as awe-inspiring.

In my review I said that Elevate "has album of the year written all over it," and I still stand by this remark -- in fact I won't hesitate to tell you that Elevate IS without a doubt my favourite album of 2008! I really can't encourage you enough to make this wonderful discovery for yourself!


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