Shan Kowert & Annie Acton came together in 2005 and have released two previous CDs, Water Over Stones and The Station. They have been described as "eclectic Americana pop folk with celtic and Spanish undertones"... a description that accurately describes the eclectic sound they produce. This third album shows off the beautiful harmony vocals between Shan and Annie as they soar and weave across the thirteen songs on offer here.
The production by Walt Wilkins is excellent and there is a real sense of space in the song arrangements. The various musicians that contribute to the project bring a restrained sense of playing to the feel of the music and a ‘less is more’ approach that is a perfect foil for the soulful and lyrical vocals. Delicate accompaniment on a range of instruments, including violin, accordion, mandolin, dobro and lap steel, give a sense of laid back and reflective times.
There are relationship songs, Carry On and Words That Fly; there are songs of guidance and hope, Pray Like a Butterfly and If You Dare. A fine cover of Life in a Northern Town is suitably different to the original and Love Just Fits is a song that sums up the overall feel of the recording – “fits like a scarf, wrapped all around me”. A recommended release for lovers of life and sweet romance.