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Rachel Harrington: Reviews

"Already a contender for 2007 album of the year ... evocative vocals and gifted songwriting ... lyrics are literate and heartbreaking in equal measure ... gaining national airplay alongside a lot of support from European stations, including the BBC where she comes with the highest of recommendations from the legendary Bob Harris."
"like reading a beautifully written novel ... the same intensity of purpose and belief that elevates Gillian Welch to heights few can dream of ... sheer magic ... unforgettable beauty"
Michael Mee - NetRhythms (May 8, 2007)
"...as cheerful as Leonard Cohen."
May 2007 - Le Cri du Coyote (May 31, 2007)
"Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch... Rachel Harrington! These kinds of top-notch comparisons don't seem far-fetched at all given the extraordinary excellence of this likeable Seattle musician's debut album ... creating quite a stir on both sides of the Atlantic"
[Translation by Markus Rill]
"Rachel Harrington's twangy, gospel-trained voice and slow-waltzing backdrops sound so authentic that she can get away with starting a song, '1846, the year that I was born.' The Oregon native also convincingly inhabits hard-bitten male characters ... When Harrington's full-length debut, The Bootlegger's Daughter, appears in early 2007, uninitiated alt-country connoisseurs will wonder how she made it 161 years without capturing their attention."
Andrew Miller - The Stranger (Jan 1, 2007)
"Bootlegger’s Daughter releases a strong debut ... Rachel’s voice is one of the many highlights of this record."
Andy Riggs - Americana UK (Mar 21, 2007)
"Rachel Harrington sets the calendar into prohibition period with “The Bootlegger’s Daughter” ... Stunning stuff ... It’s not often one finds this level of sophistication. File with along with Alison Krauss, Nanci Griffith and EmmyLou Harris."
"an inviting listen; warm rustic tones and beautifully crafted songs"
Drew Dundon, Host, Sunday Brunch - KMTT, 103.7FM, The Mountain (Mar 15, 2007)
"It’s an undisputable fact that Harrington’s debut album is practically bursting with musicality ... 'The Bootlegger’s Daughter' impresses with high-quality country songs in mostly acoustic arrangements ... resonates with an aura of calm, softness, tenderness, and casual, un-agitated instrumental mastery ... To my ears, this is the most beautiful country record of the year so far ... a colossal debut!"

[Translation by Markus Rill]
"FIVE STARS! Absolutely brilliant! The best debut since Gillian's '96 'Revival'."
"[This is] Country music as God intended."
Tom Fahey, DJ (Apr 4, 2007)
"FIVE STARS!" [Highest score ever given by this reviewer at this publication]
"[My predication:] Rachel Harrington will succeed without a doubt to get to the top of the Euro Americana Chart with 'The Bootlegger's Daughter', will appear in the Miles Of Music Bestsellers Charts, get on the cover of No Depression and frequently pop up in the Best of 2007 year-end lists."

[Translation by Cora]
"Thanks for sending your very excellent 'The Bootlegger's Daughter' CD Rachel.....as its mountain spring pure and campfire warm. Keep up the great work!"
Eddie Russell, DJ (Feb 16, 2007)
"Fue directo al número 1 del EuroAmericanaChart, y me da que en cuanto aterrice en Europa, sus logros van a ser mucho más sonados. Bob Harris -mito de la BBC- ya se ha deshecho en halagos en su columna mensual en la revista británica Maverick. No me extraña: Rachel va a hacer discos tan buenos como los de Gillian Welch o como los de Lucinda Williams."
Eduardo Ranedo - Ruta 66 (Aug 31, 2007)

Reviews for Halloween Leaves

“ . . . music from a woman whose name no longer will be in the category of noble unknowns. No doubt this debut EP will soon be a much-in-demand collector´s item. Don’t miss the train, readers, you might miss the whole ride – and that would be a shame!”
Rootstown (Jul 18, 2004)
"... striking how she makes these songs effortlessly her own. The result is acoustic alt-country from a debutant of the highest caliber. If she can redeem the pledge of this exquisite beginning, then she can develop certainly into one of the greats of the genre."
"Indeed, one of the nicest discoveries of last year was Rachel Harrington. . . . the results are obvious: If Harrington's passion for music is half as strong as the quality of music brought forth on this EP, her destiny is clear. We await Rachel Harrington's full-length debut with eager anticipation."
SWA - Rootstime (Jan 11, 2005)
" . . . reminds you of nothing so much as a church service somewhere in the middle of a Mid-West prairie."
Americana UK (Dec 14, 2004)
"A voice that has no problem taking center stage ... hers is a name the Alt. Country scene will be hearing a lot more of for years to come."
Holly - Rootshighway (Oct 3, 2004)
"Rachel Harrington knows her way around (and in, out, up and down) a harmony. On Halloween Leaves, her 4-song demo EP, she masterfully draws you in using her luminous voice and an acoustic guitar. And it´s enough. In fact, it´s just about perfect. "
Kristin Hubbard - Vigilance (Sep 28, 2004)
" . . . This lady has a voice that is so rich and full of sadness, she can place a song on the heart of every listener. Halloween Leaves is an acoustic jewel."
Roots Music Report (Aug 12, 2004)
"Rachel Harrington has potential and we will soon be hearing more of her."
"truly exemplary..."
- www.Altcountry.nl (May 24, 2004)

Other reviews ....

“a great duet partner . . . the wonderful Rachel Harrington.”