Cara Luft

Album Title: The Light Fantastic
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Genre: Folk/Roots
It says right on the packaging of Cara Luft's new album, The Light Fantastic, that she was one of the founding members of the Wailin' Jennys. After winning a Juno with her former band, Luft left the 'Jennys in late 2004 to jumpstart her own solo career. The Light Fantastic is the first fruit born of that labour, and instead of leaving listeners scratching their heads wondering why Luft left an award winning band, the 13-track record quells all worries.

The Light Fantastic kicks-off with the seemingly autobiographical "There's A Train." There's a chance that the song has nothing to do with the Calgary-born musician's departure from the Wailin' Jennys, but with lyrics like "How could you tell me that you didn't think I'd try / How can I stay here when it's burning me alive," it's much more exciting to assume that it does. From there the record runs through a strong series of down-home, whiskey-soaked, toe-tapping folk tunes with Luft's nasally vocals taking center stage.

Whatever the reason behind the parting of ways between Luft and the Wailin' Jennys, it's clear from the singer's lyrics and liner notes that she views The Light Fantastic as a rebirth of sorts. "I'm going deeper / and I'm getting stronger," she sings on the final track, "Settle For Grey." And with The Light Fantastic, Luft is doing just that.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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