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For a first album, Harriet Bartlett's "Eyes Wide Open" contains plenty of gems that will resonate for hours after listening to the album.
The production and the backing are excellent, but for me the stand out track has to be Crazy Man Michael.
To take on a song, written by Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick for Fairport Convention, and originally sung by Sandy Denny is no mean feat. Harriet's version reflects the original's depth and meaning, and simply shines through; what a talent!
Whilst totally revelling in Harriet's accordion playing, and the great musicianship of Phil, Ed and Mark, all I request is more vocals next time please.
Written by Tony Bates