Album: Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Hidden People (Navigator)

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A husband and wife team who hide in Devon but come drenched in folk esteem. Roberts' voice is clear as a bell and not quite affectless; Lakeman is Seth's brother and a producer/guitarist.

You see what they're driving at: a sort of English-folk Buckingham-Nicks. The record is nearly all self-composed, which accounts in part for its wide-awake contemporaneity – melodic folk-pop, long on melody and gloss, short of real guts. Enjoyable though. Nick Coleman