Matapedia Gone are the days when the airwaves were open to gifted folk-pop eccentrics like these Quebecers, but the spidery-voiced sisters sing on in Matapedia ,… Matapedia Gone are the days when the airwaves were open to gifted folk-pop eccentrics like these Quebecers, but the spidery-voiced sisters sing on in Matapedia ,… Kate and Anna McGarrigle Folk
Music Review

Matapedia (1996)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Kate and Anna McGarrigle; Genre: Folk

Gone are the days when the airwaves were open to gifted folk-pop eccentrics like these Quebecers, but the spidery-voiced sisters sing on in Matapedia, their homemade music at once rough-hewn and fragile. ''Jacques et Gilles'' is a beautiful, sad song about migrant work; ''Going Back to Harlan,'' a declaration of love for Anglo-Appalachian ballads. Every Kate and Anna McGarrigles song is its own complex world, like the explosions of frost on a winter window. B+

Originally posted Sep 06, 1996 Published in issue #343 Sep 06, 1996 Order article reprints
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