February 19, 2004

Robin and Linda Williams
Deeper Waters

Redhouse Records

The "Prairie Home Companion" veterans' latest release does a better job of capturing the warm spark so captivating to festival audiences than did 2002's "Visions Of Love" or 2000's "Company Of Strangers." Backed by friends such as Iris DeMent, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sissy Spacek, dobroist Mike Auldridge and mandolinist Jimmy Gaudreau, they flash welcome sass on "I'm Just Glad You're Gone" and expand their already substantial canon with more thoughtful ballads - "Leaving This Land," "Home: #235," "Saving Me A Place" - that are as quietly inviting as a comfy quilt.

By Bliss