Heidi Talbot Distant Future (Compass Records) Rating: NNN
Heidi Talbot isn't breaking any moulds with her sophomore solo outing. Having established herself as a distinct vocal presence with Celtic notables Cherish the Ladies, Talbot continues to hew closely to her trad Irish roots. Subtle attempts to blend the Celtic notes with contemporary folk and country flavours recall the innovations of Planxty, in spirit if not effect. Distant Future is pretty and light. It's far from a challenging listen, but that's its charm.