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“The full versatility of Bassett’s voice has now come to the forefront with the release of Mortal Flesh, a stylistic reach for Bassett and a pitch-perfect album of faith that humanizes her angelic voice like no project before.” “The album is extraordinary–by some margin Bassett’s best and truest work.” “Bassett sounds loose and relaxed, deeply in touch with the material and the musicians.”
–Ed Bumgardner, Relish Magazine
“The album is strangely soothing and always satisfying. Though every track sounds as if it would have fit nicely onto the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the source material is varied: a French carol with 4th-century lyrics, a song from the Carter family, an Irish melody, a traditional Shaker song. Bassett’s beautiful voice becomes haunting….hear firsthand how Bassett explores life’s mysteries without trying to answer them.”
–Justin Hayes, Greensboro News and Record
Bassett has a penchant for folk and traditional music…of interest to fans of gospel music as well as those who are looking for material that might adapt well to the bluegrass “take.”
–Hilary West, Bluegrass Now
Musical Resonance– “How tedious and tasteless the hours when Jesus no longer I see,” Martha Bassett sings halfway through Mortal Flesh, her clear voice ringing. Guitar, banjo, dobro, and fiddle accompany standards such as “Be Thou My Vision” and less well-known arrangements such as her rendition of “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” which combines the tune of a French carol with 4th century words from the liturgy of St. James. A smooth and satisfying sound.