Review: Claire Lynch shines on angelic studio album 'Dear Sister' Special

Posted Nov 16, 2013 by Markos Papadatos
Veteran bluegrass singer-songwriter Claire Lynch released her "Dear Sister" album via the independent record label Compass Records.
Bluegrass singer Claire Lynch
Bluegrass singer Claire Lynch
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It opens with the infectious and soothing "How Many Moons." In the follow-up "Doin' Time," Lynch's vocals are reminiscent to those of such songstresses as Jewel and Chely Wright.
"Once The Teardrops Start to Fall" is a traditional sorrowful ballad with exquisite fiddle and steel guitar.
In the love tune "Need Someone," Lynch's vocals are angelic and heavenly.
From start to finish, the title cut "Dear Sister," which was co-written by veteran bluegrass singer-songwriter Louisa Branscomb, is a vocal masterpiece.
She changes the pace of the CD with the upbeat and optimistic "I'll Be Alright Tomorrow."
The highlight track on the CD is "That Kind of Love." Lynch showcases her vulnerability on "Everybody Knows I've Been Crying."
Dear Sister closes with the catchy "Buttermilk Road/The Arbours," which is worthy of the repeat button.
The Verdict
Claire Lynch's ninth studio album Dear Sister is a beautiful musical offering. It is such a heart-warming and poignant musical effort and a substantial indication that her recent International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) "Female Vocalist of the Year" win (which is her third career win), was indeed based on merit. Her vocals are utterly fantastic. Along with Dale Ann Bradley, Lynch possesses one of the two best female voices in bluegrass. This 10-track album garners an A rating.
For more information on bluegrass darling Claire Lynch, visit her website.