Sing Me the Songs is a wistful but mostly bittersweet tribute to Kate McGarrigle that intertwines melancholy with joy and a celebratory air.
The 34 intimate folk tracks – recorded during tribute concerts held in London, Toronto and New York – are performed by singers from the Wainwright and McGarrigle families and their famous friends including Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Teddy Thompson and Jimmy Fallon. It’s an album of faithful cover versions imbibed with McGarrigle’s soft femininity and her no-nonsense personality.
At the heart of the collection is ‘Kiss & Say Goodbye’, a bittersweet pop tune performed by Rufus and Martha Wainwright with their aunt Anna McGarrigle that plays like a poignant epitaph. This sentiment is also shared on the final track, ‘I Just Want to Make It Last’, a silly, spoken-word demo performed by Kate McGarrigle that grapples with her own mortality with wit and tenderness.
Originally published on 10 July 2013 at the following website: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/36525/Various–Sing-Me-The-Songs-Celebrating-The-Works-of-Kate-McGarrigle
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