Midwest Record - Chris Spector
Sarah McQuaid/The Plum Tree and The Rose
Now living in England for quite some time, this former Chicago girl, a distant relative to Gamble Rogers, finally comes out with her third album and it gloriously sounds like something that would have come out of the Pentangle corral if they were all young people making music today. Ostensibly in the folkie/singer/songwriter bag, that’s merely a cheap way to pigeon hole her at first blush. Low key but glorious and incendiary, the writing and performance keep you riveted throughout. Setting a gold standard for a ‘pure music’ album, you didn’t have to be a habitué of 70s college coffeehouses to get what’s going on here. This is a lovely, mature work just waiting for anyone that’s ready for it. Well done throughout.