Review:

Albert and Gage - Burnin' Moonlight

 

Dirty Linen      December 2001

An engaging and lively mix of folk, country with a kick and jazz is what Austin TX duo Chris Gage and Christine Albert serve up in their first record in four years. The two really get into the spirit of fun with a cover of Dan Hicks' "Up Up Up" and offer a light touch with a grateful look at day-to-day chores in the original "Life Is A Miracle". Albert's "Can't See The Light" takes a more somber turn in life's darker places, as does the collaboration "Standing At The Wall". The title track, by Austin songwriters Steve Carter, Ron Hicks and Erik Moll, finds the duo letting loose on a swing tune, while a cover of Dylan's "Forever Young" offers a graceful close to the disc.

Always interesting harmonies, inventive musicianship, and thoughtful writing, sparked with a dash of fun, make this one worth investigation for acoustic music and singer/songwriter fans. Also of note: cover design and photographs are by singer/songwriter Sara Hickman, her husband Lance (Sting Ray Designs) and photographer Todd Wolfson.

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