Here We Go 1, 2, 3
Recorded in Talbot and McCusker's self-built studio, housed in a converted eighteenth-century bothy next to where they live in the Scottish Borders, 'Here We Go, 1, 2, 3' is a measured and unhurried long-player which reflects on birth, and death, and getting older, from gorgeous country-pop meditation 'The Year That I Was Born' (co-written with Louis Abbott), through downtime bluegrass psalm 'Do You Ever Think Of Me', to exquisite mortal jig 'Time To Rest', written by Adam Holmes. Celestial torch song 'Chelsea Piers' (co-written with Duke Special and inspired by The Pogues) conjures a languid, late-night New York and recalls Talbot's years in the US, during which she sang with Cherish The Ladies, performed at the White House, and dreamed of home. Her cover of Natalie Merchant's 'Motherland' is particularly resonant in light of this.
The title track is inspired by an old gospel song. "I loved the idea of it being quite uplifting, of it not being a funeral hymn, even though it's about death," Talbot offers. The same could be said of a bright and beautiful album that touches on grief, depression and love. "It's as sad as you want it to be," she says, smiling. It's equally heartening, cheering and enlightening. Hope springs eternal.
- Here We Go 1, 2, 3
- Time To Rest
- The Year That I Was Born
- The Wedding Day
- Tell Me Do You Ever Think Of Me
- The Willow Tree
- A Song For Rose (Will You Remember Me)
- Chelsea Piers
- A Stranger To Me
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