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|5.0 classic||heatherf74 | January 5th 08|
I have been a fan of Pamela Wyn Shannon's music for a few years now. A friend of mine had passed me her CD, Nature's Bride and I immediately fell in love with it. I don't know much about contemporary folk music, but I do know when I hear something that is genuinely inspired and that invokes a certain atmosphere and emotional response. Pamela's music evokes a feeling of magic and innocence, as well as a time when people were more connected to the cycles and mysteries of nature. In my view, these qualities are something that contemporary music often lacks-- the cynical and disullusioned are favored over the heartfelt and lyrical. When I lived on the east coast I had the opportunity to see Pamela play live, and everything about her performance and style echoed the feeling of her music- my impression was one of a modern-day minstrel, who follows her inspirations regardless of the the ever-changing fads of the marketplace. For me her music has a sweetness and haunting quality to it, as well as thoughtful, poetic lyrics. Her music has been a source of real pleasure and inspiration to me, which is why I was deeply offended by the crass review given to it. It is offensive and simply unfair to use the imagery of fellating anywhere in proximity to this music or to Pamela Wyn Shannon as a performer. Such ugliness is more a reflection of the reviewer's attitude than of anything contained in this music. I have never written an online review but I felt compelled to after reading this unfair and confusing review. On one hand, he says these are some of the most beautiful folk songs he's heard, but that impression is far overshadowed by the harshness of the felatio image. Women songwriters have a hard enough time being taken seriously for their artistry and talent-- these kinds of comments make obvious the kind of misogyny they are up against.
|4.5 superb||Steeed | January 18th 08|
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