The Raftsmen

This Land Is Your Land

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This album by the Canadian trio is a thorough, earnest effort at doing a traditional folk set. And had the producers stuck to just the three-instrument/three-vocal format offered by the members themselves, it might have worked. But for every unadorned recording such as "This Land Is Your Land" and "Shenandoah," there's an over-produced monstrosity like "Yankee Doodle" to spoil the mood of whatever surrounds it. The result is a highly schizophrenic album that can't make up its mind if it wants to be an authentic folk record or a folk-pop effort, and ends up satisfying the requirements of neither. The unfortunate part is that the more stripped-down cuts here constitute the core of a pretty solid album, and didn't need the "help" of the over-produced numbers.