FEET BE STILL 4 STARS Patrick Langston - OTTAWA CITIZEN - SATURDAY OCTOBER 3rd 2009
“Chris MacLean is a singer you trust. Maybe it’s her lyrics – she’s especially good at marrying interior and exterior landscapes – or maybe it’s her voice, an inviting blend of warmth and clarity.
Then again, perhaps it’s the hope underpinning her music: “There’s still time,” she sings in Song for Tibet, her assurance extending beyond the borders of just one troubled country.
Whatever her secret, the Gatineau hills-based singer/songwriter is a balanced voice in an off-kilter world.
Most of the tunes on her second solo album are original and occasionally less subtle than they could be, particularly when touching on environmental degradation.
MacLean also breathes fresh life into folk nuggets like The Water is Wide.”
“One of the things I like best about Chris Maclean’s work is its levity; even when singing the most serious song there is still a sense of light in the work. It begins with her voice which is unmistakable, clear and ethereal all at the same time. There is something too in her melodies which always return to an uplifting theme even though the song may touch upon some sorrow. And then there are her lyrics which are more often than not redemptive and positive, particularly on her new CD Feet Be Still. All in all Chris’ work seems to be about a lightness of being and grace while walking through a very complicated life. Feet Be Still.” Ian Tamblyn, Singer Songwriter/Producer