Common Tongue

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Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy's second album, Common Tongue -- which, like the first, is recorded with their daughter Eliza -- is as graceful and moving as their first collaboration. Waterson:Carthy doesn't depart from traditional English folk, but the depth and skill of all three musicians is so rich that they don't need to depart from the form -- they make the music seem vibrant, timeless and vital. All three voices blend together effortlessly, making even murder ballads sound beautiful. Common Tongue is a remarkable record, and it affirms that all three musicians are in the forefront of British folk in the '90s.

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