Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Singer-Songwriter | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 139 / 4-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Rykodisc | Autor: SaS

Judy Collins, the great old lady of American folk music, will celebrate her 73rd birthday in May and gives us an album in advance that is nothing but breathtaking. The singer with the crystal-clear tremolo became known in the sixties as a congenial interpreter of Leonard Cohen's songs, but she also gave numerous pieces by Bob Dylan or the Beatles new splendour. "Bohemian", unlike their most recent homage to Lennon/McCartney, renounces this approach and presents eleven new compositions that are so heart-rending that one can no longer detach oneself from the record. This is partly due to Collins' still fascinating singing, but also to her ability to tell simple but touching stories. These are often autobiographical. The singer touches us with the life story of her recently deceased mother ("She saw almost 20 presidents/She voted for Obama") or tells us about the feelings and memories that a certain strip of land on the Californian coast evokes in her. "Bohemian" offers honest, something - in a positive sense - kitschy music for brain and heart. What more could you want?

Top track: In The Twilight

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