Patty Larkin has fashioned a mighty sequence of albums, dating back to Tango (1991).

Patty Larkin has fashioned a mighty sequence of albums, dating back to Tango (1991). An absolutely stunning guitarist, easily on a par with Bonnie Raitt, Larkin matches her instrumental chops as a vocalist and songwriter, making her a true triple-threat artist. Red Luck isn't her edgiest work. Indeed, she seems to have reigned-in her instrumentation and arrangements a bit. Here, Larkin focuses on songwriting, with 14 tunes that showcase her capacity for capturing diverse moods and her gift for authoring thought-provoking lyrics. Larkin has always worked with superb studio players, and Red Luck holds that pattern. Solas members Seamus Egan, Winifred Horan, and Mick McAuley contribute to the dreamy "St. Augustine." The album is a paradigm of literate, compelling songwriting, augmented by high production values.—PVV

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