Home  |  Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News     

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Natalie MacMaster
Yours Truly

Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

  Who can resist a pretty blond who plays a mean fiddle? Not I, said the curmudgeonly reviewer. Natalie MacMaster has made a nice career playing Cape Breton Music for audiences unfamiliar with this regional style. Sitting geographically and stylistically halfway between Irish and Appalachian musical traditions, Cape Breton Island's isolation allowed its unique music to grow and flourish. Most Cape Breton musicians have been crusty old men, which is why it hasn't garnered a higher profile in the pop world. But Natalie MacMaster is neither crusty nor old.

On Yours Truly, Natalie expands her musical palette. Since her 2003 release, Blueprint, she has been touring extensively. Her interactions with fellow musicians at folk and bluegrass festivals can be clearly heard on Yours Truly. Not only her repertoire, but also her orchestrations have grown. Her excellent road band of guitarist Brad Davidge, bass player John Chasson, drummer Miche Pouliot, pianist Allan Dewar, bagpiper Matt Mac Isaac, are joined by cellists Rashid Eggleston and Natalie Haas and banjo player Jens Kruger, and guest vocalist Michael McDonald. Much of the material comes from traditional sources with a cornucopia of reels, jigs, and hornpipes, but you will also find several freshly penned original songs, including "Farewell to Peter," which Natalie wrote in honor of the late news anchor Peter Jennings.

The sound on Yours Truly combines a sumptuous array of euphonic warmth with superb digital clarity. Recorded at five different studios by six different engineers and then edited by Scott Lake and mixed by Mark Vreeken and Dave Sinko, the overall sonic effect is as cohesive as any recording done in a single location. Co-producer and husband Donnell Leahy deserves credit for keeping the overall audio quality so high.

On her eighth Rounder album Natalie MacMaster demonstrates once more that when you combine musical talent with attractive looks the results can be both artistically and commercially successful. She makes music that even a reviewer can love.















































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
HIGH END Munich 2022
AXPONA 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022 Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2022
Florida Audio Expo 2022
AudioCon Los Angeles 2022
Capital Audiofest 2021 Show
The HiFi Summit Q2 2021
T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020
The HiFi Summit Q2 2020
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2020
Click here for previous shows.


Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2022  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.