Waterson:Carthy's first, and probably starkest and most understated, album is a fine testament to the legacies that Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson have carved out for themselves over the years. As with most of their albums, the vocals are pretty equally split between Waterson, Carthy, and daughter Eliza Carthy, with all three combining in great harmony, especially evident on tracks like "Sleep On Beloved." Nancy Kerr adds some excellent fiddle work to go with Eliza Carthy's already exemplary playing. Certain tracks, such as "When I First Came to Caledonia" and "Midnight on the Water," rank among the most beautiful Waterson:Carthy have ever made. This is definitely an obligatory purchase for fans of traditional British folk.
AllMusic Review by Matt Fink