The Twin Ports folk singer picks up the torch carried by the balladeers of decades past: Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, and Peter, Paul, and Mary.
Her themes are familiar-peace, love, freedom, social justice, and-dare we say it?-saving the world.
That stuff became fodder for jokes at Republican cocktail parties decades ago, but cynicism can't touch Ms. Thomsen. Her music is simply too beautiful.
Even when she skirts the edges of cliché by getting too issue-specific--anti-war and anti-nuke lyrics--she carries it through.
Her voice is lovely yet strong, held aloft by her faith and conviction.
She's everyone's guide and mother, a goddess who, instead of teetering on a pedestal, stands before you in blue jeans and looks you in the eye.
She could make Conan the Barbarian drop his sword and collapse blubbering.
Say what you will about the practicality of her vision, it's the light we all head for, even though we have no idea when we'll finally arrive.
- (Richard Thomas, The Reader Weekly, Duluth, MN)