Home  |  Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News     

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Kate Rusby
Underneath The Stars

Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

Kate Rusby Underneath The Stars

CD Number: Compass Records 743702 


  If there is such a thing as a Celtic music diva exists, Kate Rusby qualifies. Underneath the Stars, her fifth Compass Records release, displays the breadth of her mastery.  Besides a ravishing voice, Rusby has remarkable musical sensibilities. She can take a traditional song such as the album opener "The Good Man" and combine its time-worn lyrics with an original tune to create a new composition that is not only fresh and contemporary but has the feel and flavor of a traditional song. Unlike the folk artists of the 60's whose "updated" renditions of traditional material merely turned the songs into pop ditties, Rusby's versions have a thoroughly genuine feeling that defies fad and fleeting fashion.

Along with Rusby's reinterpretations of traditional tunes and lyrics, Underneath the Stars includes several completely new compositions.  Even these new works have the flavor of much older material. "Polly" is the tale of a girl whose lover is a sailor. He goes away but promises to "take you dancing on your wedding day." He doesn't come back, and she never dances again. Another song titled "Falling" describes the first feelings of love with the delicacy of a butterfly's wing.

Produced by her husband and longtime collaborator John McCusker, Underneath the Stars features sympathetic accompaniment by a fine core of traditional musicians. Ian Carr on mandolin and guitar, Ewen Vernal on double bass, Andy Cutting on diatonic accordion, James Mackintosh on percussion, Andy Seward on banjo, Neil Yates on trumpet and flugel horn, and Simon Fowler and Eddi Reader on background vocals join John McCusker's citern, whistles, banjo, and fiddle. Keeping with the family feeling Underneath the Stars is engineered by Joe Rusby, whom I assume is a brother. The sound is both sumptuous and seductive, as befits the music. Even when a full house of musicians is brought to bear, the mix never feels too thick or busy, but preserves a sense of air and space.

Perhaps somewhere there are musicians capable of creating more compelling traditionally flavored popular music, but I doubt you'll find them on this side of the mortal coil. Kate Rusby rules.



Sound Quality:












































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.