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Album: Kate Rusby, Make the Light (Pure)

A first album of all-original material, featuring a new ensemble.

She's had a baby since last we heard and Make the Light is suffused with wistful post-natal positivity and uplift. Even the "protest" song, "Let Them Fly", aimed at a "deceiving" politician, is not going to have the feckless one wibbling in his Church's shoes. All is tenderness, from the arpeggios of the guitars to the slowly turning melodies of the songs themselves, which tick time away like afternoon clocks. Very pretty but not gripping.