Saturday, August 30, 2008
CD Review: Boiled In Lead - Silver
Boiled In Lead - Silver
2008, Omnium Records
Boiled In Lead has been creating a joyous patois of Celtic, Gypsy and American Folk/Rock music for many years. Neither the fall of years or changing of personnel has deterred them from creating fanciful and esoteric art-rock/folk. 2008 sees the return of Boiled In Lead with Silver, a satisfying return to form from this great band.
Silver opens with Apple Tree Wassail, an alms tune that seems to announce that Boiled In Lead are returning to their roots. Jolly Tinker is another example of this step back in time, even with modern embellishments. Come In From The Rain is a classic reel that grows from a Spartan and dark opening to a lively end. Other highlights include Berber, the gorgeous Death on Hennepin, the dark and lovely Corner House and The Rushes Green.
Whatever is happening in the world -- no matter what travails Boiled In Lead have encountered, you can always count on them for making great music. And the live shows? Please! If you have the chance I highly recommend a Boiled In Lead Show. Short of that, be sure to pick up Silver, one of the better recordings I've heard from Boiled In Lead.
Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Boiled In Lead at http://www.boiledinlead.com/, where you can purchase and many other fine recordings!