Candace Corrigan has made a career out of doing historical research on the lives of women as chronicled in their letters and diaries, and then using that material as the basis for original songs, plays, and radio programs she has written, performed, and produced, a good example being the two-CD set Through a Woman's Voice. The Love I'm In does not credit specific sources for its songs of love and separation, but Corrigan remains steeped in antecedents. She is fond of referencing earlier songs, often traditional ones in various styles, as a jumping-off point for her own compositions. Thus, the Celtic-tinged "Sean MacDonald" begins and ends with lines from "Loch Lomond"; "The Love I'm In" does the same with the folk ballad "The Water Is Wide," and "My Mother's Blues," a child's recollection of her mother playing the piano while her father is out at a bar, references the Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer standard "Blues in the Night." Corrigan incorporates musical styles from her predecessors as well, using not only Celtic elements, but also, for example, a samba feel in "As Long as Love Will Last," some of which is translated into Portuguese. But her basic style is country music of a rural, Americana tilt, and at times, especially in the album-opening "Talk to Me," her phrasing suggests Emmylou Harris. The Love I'm In is the work of a singer and songwriter with a strong sense of tradition who is able to use her scholarship to create a new musical synthesis.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann