Album: Kathryn Williams & Neill MacColl, Two (Caw Records)

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When the Mercury-nominated Williams joins forces with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger's son Neill, you'd expect folk sparks to fly.

And, in a gentle and understated way, they do. Eventually. Because, unusually, 'Two' is a completely upside-down record. Opener "6am Corner" is perfectly pleasant, but a perfunctory duet of Tom Waits' "Innocent When You Dream" is followed by a lull in which MacColl all but disappears and Williams, for the first time, appears to be going through the motion. Worry not, though, from track seven on, 'Two' is everything you would want it to be: a magical meeting of intuitive musical minds.