EMMA LANG­FORD Quiet Giant ★★★ Self-Re­leased

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAYTON-LEA

The dif­fer­ence between mu­sic that is all too easy on the ear and mu­sic that weaves a spell is sim­i­lar to the dif­fer­ence between, for ex­am­ple, Daniel O’Don­nell and David Rawl­ings. Lim­er­ick singer­song­writer Emma Lang­ford ably dis­tin­guishes au­then­tic from generic, and it is this that makes her de­but al­bum such an en­dur­ing piece of work. Op­er­at­ing in the over­crowded singer-song­writer zone hasn’t damp­ened her orig­i­nal­ity; across 10 tracks, Lang­ford flits smartly between folk, pop and roots, all of which are com­ple­mented by a fine en­sem­ble (ku­dos, in par­tic­u­lar, to pi­anist Han­nah Nic Gear­ailt, cello player Alec Brown and vi­o­lin­ist Tadhg Mur­phy). As well as adroit sonic tex­ture, there is keen nar­ra­tive depth, with Lang­ford ex­plor­ing is­sues such as self-worth and emo­tional de­spair even-hand­edly and in­sight­fully. em­malang­ford­mu­sic.com

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