Simon Vozick-Levinson
October 13, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Black Swan

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Bert Jansch
Producers
Drag City
genre
Folk

We gave it an A-

A legend across the Atlantic, this 62-year-old Scottish troubadour remains unjustly obscure in the States. The Black Swan features reverent guest turns from several of the contemporary folkies he’s influenced, including Beth Orton (whose warm, weary voice graces three songs) and fringe favorite Devendra Banhart. But Jansch’s solo numbers make it clear that his nimble acoustic picking and rueful musings need no accompaniment; 41 years after his debut, he can still demand to be heard.

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