Friday, July 9, 2010

Leon Rosselson: Harry's Gone Fishing (2000)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

Leon Rosselson
Harry’s Gone Fishing

Even at fifty-something, Rosselson sings the way his co-generationists Donovan and the Incredible String Band did when they were twenty-something. But where they wax mystical, he waxes (and as often as not wanes) topical-political in that myopically leftist way so characteristic of the those whose sensibilities took shape in the ’60s. He abhors, for instance, the shooting of American public-school students by their classmates, but in enumerating what’s behind such atrocities he never gets around to considering the conscience-dulling practice of abortion in which America takes such pride. Still, the music--British Isles folk that’s enchanting when it isn’t merely pleasant--eventually has its way, providing a dash of magic often missing from the lyrics. Rating: Three loves worn like heaven out of five.

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