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Download links and information about Lantana by Caroline Herring. This album was released in 2008 and it belongs to World Music, Country, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk, Folk genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 39:56 minutes.

Artist: Caroline Herring
Release date: 2008
Genre: World Music, Country, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk, Folk
Tracks: 10
Duration: 39:56
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No. Title Length
1. Stone Cold World 3:28
2. Lay My Burden Down 3:26
3. Paper Gown 4:31
4. Heartbreak Tonight 4:02
5. Midnight On the Water 4:04
6. States of Grace 4:25
7. All the Pretty Little Horses 3:06
8. Fair and Tender Ladies 4:46
9. Lover Girl 4:16
10. Song for Fay 3:52



The artist that Caroline Herring most brings to mind is Gillian Welch. Like Welch, Herring seems capable of conjuring up songs that sound like they were written a century ago. The Mississippi native now lives in Austin, TX, were her mournful, low-key tunes have won her a growing audience. Lantana is her third outing, and like her others, draws on her knowledge of Southern folklore, incorporating bits and pieces of lyric and melody from familiar sources and transforming them into something new and eerily familiar. Case in point, "Lay My Burden Down," which takes the bones of an old spiritual and fashions them into a celebration of eternal life with lyrics full of plain-spoken folk poetry. Herring's vocal is so delicate it almost breaks; instead she just breaks your heart. "Stone Cold World," the opener, couldn't be more different. It's the portrait of a young woman longing for love, and while she claims to be selfish, it's plain that she's more depressed and frightened. When true love finds her, she's unable to respond, and Herring's forlorn vocal and the subtle pedal steel guitar that cries in the background tells you all you need to know about her plight. "Heartbreak Tonight" peers into the life of a popular high school gal who now finds herself trapped in an empty marriage in an empty house waiting for her husband to return from the bar or casino. The portrait is painted with subtle touches, and again Herring delivers the sad news with a soft voice that intensifies the heartache and misery. "Fair and Tender Ladies" borrows its name from a well-known folk song, but it's a salute to the little acts of heroism that all women and girls perform everyday. "Paper Gown" is a gothic murder ballad, the tale of a woman drowning her children. Its matter of fact telling of the crime makes it even more chilling. The women Herring writes about are all ordinary, and extraordinary, in the ways we all are, but Herring's ability to illuminate their hearts and souls is something truly special. ~ j. poet, Rovi