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Steve Young

Primal Young – 2000 (Appleseed)

Reviewed by Brian Steinberg

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This collection may be primal, but the tone Steve Young exudes in this, his first album to be released in the U.S. in the last six years, is anything but raw. Young offers acoustic-based reels, homilies and hymns that have a bluegrass or rustic feel.

Country fans looking for twang and electric cornpone might do well to look elsewhere, as Young melds old folk songs like "Little Birdie" and "East Virginia" into something approaching a religious experience. "No Longer Will My Heart Be Truly Breaking" is a hymn of sorts with a grace and reverence few folk, country or Americana-based artists can approach. Which isn't to say Young is offering his version of Sunday morning as opposed to Saturday night. Bluegrass and finger-picking touches throughout keep this from becoming a sermon. Instead, the experience is relaxing and refreshing.