Lal Waterson & Oliver Knight
Carrying on from their masterful Once in a Blue Moon (1996), Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight challenge the listener with songs of unique intimacy. Like the earlier album, A Bed of Roses is dark and spare, without being despairing. There are heated arguments among folk fans over whether British singer-songwriters work in a more transcendent fashion than the current crop of American songwriter-confessionalists. With writing like this, Waterson and Knight could be Exhibit A:
"All that is mine is my mother and father's line/and the day and the evening time/it's such a fine little line/caught up in the hall of time/then the day and the evening collide." - "Memories"
"Fly on feathered wings/warm clouds, soft winds/may you find your rest/in a safe nest" - "Migrating Bird"
These words could serve as a beautiful eulogy to Waterson's passing. But let's not eulogize. Let's sing. - Lee Blackstone