Ulrika Boden - Ratt Nu Ar Det Pa Tiden
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Ulrika Bodén
Rätt Nu Är Det På Tiden
Drone Music (www.drone.se)

cd cover Fans of Ranarim and Kalabra will recognize this name and voice. Bodén is one of the most sought-after vocalists in Swedish folk circles. On this, her sophomore release, she again mines the rich musical lode of her home county of Ångermanland. With Ranarim-mate Jens Engelbrecht on guitar, Anders Norudde on fiddles and flutes, and Mikael Augustsson on accordions, she gives these lilting songs a fresh, frank treatment. Bodén's supple soprano voice leaps back and forth between chest and head ranges with the nimble footing of a mountain goat. Her accompanists create a lacy fabric over a backing of drone that's just right under her transparent voice. Her own cittern playing is sparkling and tasteful.

The disc opens on a strong note, the title track arranged with a light sweep and some impressive halling-type vocals. A vintage recording of "Familjen Sikström" on accordion is followed by what, in less skilled hands, could be a hokey moment, the oom-pah laden "Mina Getter Å Mina Bockar." It's all good fun and treated without a trace of condescension. Norudde contributes his obligatory sälgflöjt solo, the spry "Sälgspolskan." The songs are short and sweet, never overstaying their welcome. She brings a whopping twenty-one tracks in under forty-five minutes, leaving the listener satisfied, feeling neither stiffed nor stuffed. - Peggy Latkovich

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