The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Pal­metto COR­MAC LARKIN

★★★★ The best singers make us be­lieve the songs they are singing. For Aus­tralian-born, New York-res­i­dent vo­cal­ist Chris McNulty, the mean­ing be­hind the songs on her sev­enth re­lease (a ju­di­cious se­lec­tion of song­book stan­dards with a few out­liers) could not be more poignant or more deeply felt. Eter­nal is a re­sponse to the death of her son – not the heart-wrench­ing first pangs of grief, but the sound of a hu­man be­ing living with the pain, get­ting on with life with­out for­get­ting. Steve New­comb’s ar­range­ments for the pocket-sized orches­tra are pitch per­fect and there are out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions from soloists Ben Wen­del on bas­soon and Paul Bol­len­beck on gui­tar, but this touch­ing, never maudlin al­bum is all about the singer and a set of fine songs which she has made her own. chrism­c­

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