9 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trains and Boats and Planes is a short and bittersweet tour through the aural archives of this WFMU DJ turned Americana chanteuse. Laura Cantrell's fifth outing is an all-covers affair and her first recording since Humming By The Flowered Vine. (She's been raising a daughter who was born shortly after touring that 2005 release). Leading off with a Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition, Cantrell dresses up the title track with accordion, Spanish guitar and maracas that all blend to create a Texas flavor the late Doug Sahm would fawn over. John Hartford's "Howard Hughes Blues" also gets the Texified treatment as Cantrell and band serve up a hearty helping of southwest tones. And if you happened to watch the Body Of War documentary, you may have heard Cantrell giving New Order's "Love Vigilantes" a beautifully melancholic and rootsy reworking in the soundtrack. Her stripping down of Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings" is another standout in its stark but beautiful simplicity. With Trains Cantrell births a collection of classic but not retro covers that come off sounding like originals.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trains and Boats and Planes is a short and bittersweet tour through the aural archives of this WFMU DJ turned Americana chanteuse. Laura Cantrell's fifth outing is an all-covers affair and her first recording since Humming By The Flowered Vine. (She's been raising a daughter who was born shortly after touring that 2005 release). Leading off with a Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition, Cantrell dresses up the title track with accordion, Spanish guitar and maracas that all blend to create a Texas flavor the late Doug Sahm would fawn over. John Hartford's "Howard Hughes Blues" also gets the Texified treatment as Cantrell and band serve up a hearty helping of southwest tones. And if you happened to watch the Body Of War documentary, you may have heard Cantrell giving New Order's "Love Vigilantes" a beautifully melancholic and rootsy reworking in the soundtrack. Her stripping down of Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings" is another standout in its stark but beautiful simplicity. With Trains Cantrell births a collection of classic but not retro covers that come off sounding like originals.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

daddy frank ,

The Real Thing

Cantrell has an unassuming approach to her music which strangely combines an easygoing, pleasantly familiar feel with the freshness of someone singing from her soul. The covers are done with her own signiture, and I particularly like Roger Miller's "Train of Life" and Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings." Kudos to you, Cantrell.

JeffyJeffy ,

Folksy

I enjoyed this album. I can't figure out what the other reviewers were so offended by. I would recommend this.

geator with the heater ,

lovely as ever

This surprise covers ep is one of my favorite release so far this year. The amazing miss laura comes through on versions of the likes of classic Bacharach/David and Haggard and an amazing reading of "Love Vigilantes" by New Order as a simple folk ballad, which it always kinda was,I guess. Her version of "Trains and Boats and Planes" is heartbreaking. Really beautiful stuff. Buy it.

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