This comprehensive two-disc collection breathes new life into Poole's finest and most influential recordings. Wainwright's interpretations and arrangements are inspired while staying true to Poole's legacy and talent.
A Musical History Lesson
A good tribute album doesn't simply address the songs the way they were written, but crawls into the music to deliver interpretations which at once honor their artistry while underscoring their universality. Wainwright doesn't simply dress up in Poole's clothes (figuratively speaking, of course), but delivers his musical messages in a manner which spotlights the extent to which they remain culturally relevant.
Then, there are also the songs Wainwright wrote in honor of Poole, and inserted into the lineup. Most notable among them is "Charlie's Last Song" - a tribute to Poole's memory and legacy, and also to the drinking habit which saw the death of him.
Throughout the disc, Wainwright is joined by his famously musically gifted offspring - Rufus and Martha Wainwright. The two add tight, intuitive harmonies to the mix, behind their father's simple and considerate instrumentation. Suzzy Roche delivers a notable vocal performance on "Man on the Moon." In other words, true to the craft of traditional folk music, this disc is a family and community effort, pulling listeners into songs whose insights are humorous, thoughtful, provocative, and emotionally stirring. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest tribute records of recent memory.