Folk, Electric Folk, Traditional and World Music

#51 - April/May 1994

Robin & Linda Williams -
"Nocturnally Propelled"

Robin and Linda Williams
Turn Toward Tomorrow

Sugar Hill CD
SH CD-1040 (1993)
Turn Toward Tomorrow is Robin and Linda Williams first album of original material in three years and represents their best, most consistent body of work to date. They are accompanied by, among others, handmates Jim Watson and Kevin Maul on bass and dobro, respectively, and producer John Jennings on a plethora of instruments.

The arrangements are outstanding, offering a full band sound while avoiding over production or studio sterility. Of the 11 tracks, all but two (including the gorgeous alhum closer, "Lying to the Moon") are written or co-authored by the Williamses.

The opening track, "On and On" is almost a theme song, a road song that is also a tribute to the couple's 20-year partnership. "Seventeen Years Old" is a lush ballad that looks back to the joys and sorrows of high school. "The Other Side of Town" is a weeper that addresses the old theme of forbidden love and features a compelling duet lead vocal. "The Country of the Night" visits the world of the nocturnal, propelled along by Linda's fine clawhammer banjo.

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