Lorin Grean

The Call: Contemporary Folk Harp & Song

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Lorin Grean sings and plays Celtic folk harp and recorders on this, her second album. Each of Grean's arrangements is perfect for the tune; her warm, clear, and expressive voice is never overpowered and the words are always understandable. Kevin DiSimone on synthesizer and Daniel Prothrone on bass join her on most tracks, with others contributing background vocals and percussion. Grean begins by singing Sting's "Every Breath You Take"; just hearing the song in a woman's voice gives it added impact. "Love Goes On" by Paul Brady wonders if life has passed us by -- very touching. Sonny Condell's "Feast of Eyes" bemoans a relationship that has ground to a halt. The title track is a haunting song with powerful lyrics by Chris Leja: "Sister moon, my face lifts to thee/Shred my soul and let wolfsong fill me." Grean's final wolf cry is chilling. Grean's own songs -- the simple yet powerful "Forgive" and "Wind on the Water/Blue Interlude" (a protest-lament about killing whales, with Randy Tico playing a mournful electric bass) -- also reach soulful depths. Her "Far Away From the Truth," a wry account of a Las Vegas vacation gone bad, uses voices and sound effects in a unique manner to make the experience come to life. After the mystical instrumental interlude "Country Dance," Grean ends her album with Kate Wolf's heroic "Brother Warrior." The Call can be anything you want in a vocal album; the balance of sounds is lovely enough to blend as background music, yet the songs' sophistication and Grean's articulate and moving delivery beg for careful listening.