Live In Concert
Recorded in New York last June, the thirty-something singer serenades us with intimate renditions of favourites from her 10,000 Maniacs days and material from her two solo albums – though with last year’s under-performing Ophelia represented only by its title track, as opposed to five cuts from the three million-selling Tigerlily, commercial considerations obviously prey on the mind of the most plaintive performers. It is, though, a remarkably faithful acoustic take of Bowie’s Space Oddity that steals the show: instrumentally impeccable and suitably sombre, it would make an excellent end of the millennium single. Are you listening, Elektra?
Originally published in Record Collector magazine, December 1999