Adieu False Heart – Linda Ronstadt-Ann Savoy | CD review

 (Vanguard) 4.5 stars

Linda Ronstadt’s vintage voice has ripened and matured over the years into a rich, expressive instrument and on the beguiling `Adieu False Heart’, she found a kindred spirit in Cajun folkie Ann Savoy.

Dubbing themselves The Zozo Sisters, the duo first combined on Vanguard’s excellent 2002 compilation `Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music’.

There’s a liberal sprinkling of Cajun spice in this new, all-acoustic CD, but the accent is on diversity, with songs you’d expect to hear from the McGarrigle sisters or on `Prairie Home Companion’, interspersed with instrumental “interludes’’ on fiddle, dulcimer and banjo.

Backed by a high-calibre ensemble of finger-pickers, plus string arrangements, the songs range from haunting Richard Thompson ballads (`King of Bohemia’ and `Burns’ Supper’) to a sublime version of Julie Miller’s `I Can’t Get Over You’, with Buddy Miller on guitar.

That well-worn oldie `Walk Away Renee’, revitalised with simple, heart-tugging harmonies, is one of the highlights, along with Ronstadt’s soaring rendition of the John Jacob Niles classic `Go Away from My Window’.

An enchanting album.

- Mike Daly

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