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Carrie Attune Music
5 and up
The spectacular collection of original songs on Life Circles appeals strongly to children, parents and grandparents alike, no easy feat. Hearing the album's opener, Circle of Life, conjures images of the sun rising over a verdant hillside while conveying a strong Irish feel (anchored by bagpipes and pennywhistle) that elicits feelings of pride and unity. Sweet Potato Pie, the song that follows, offers up joyously authentic down-home bluesiness that gets your foot stompin' and body moving. Mama's Robe has some absolutely killer fiddle playing, while Rock-a-Bye, a '50s-ish blend of rhythm and blues and country & western gets everyone on their feet in a heartbeat. If Blood Sugar Blues doesn't make you smile, nothing will. There are too many standouts to mention here. Suffice it to say that Ms. Higgins' vocal skills and clever, catchy lyrics are on full display throughout the album's 14 songs, and that the superb musicianship of her extraordinarily talented band is evident every step of the way. Includes booklet with liner notes and lyrics.