Larkin Poe – Kindred Spirits

Album Review | Tricki-Woo Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson

Rebecca and Megan Lovell have been far from slouches over the past ten years, having released several albums and EPs along their musical journey, as well as having played just about all over the globe, winning the hearts of many along the way.  Dipping into their own record collections for the occasional cover, the siblings have taken the opportunity to deliver an album chock full of ‘em and with some surprising choices along the way.   The Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man” comes as no real surprise, nor does Derek and the Dominoes’ “Bell Bottom Blues”, an album highlight, in view of Rebecca and Megan hailing from the same stomping ground, albeit several decades apart.  The surprises begin when we come to the English diaspora, with the inclusion of The Moody Blues, Phil Collins and Sir Elton, with interesting readings of “Nights in White Satin”, “In the Air Tonight” and “Crocodile Rock” respectively.   

Describing Kindred Spirits as “an emotional twisty turny journey”, the siblings confess that they initially recorded the entire album in less than satisfactory conditions, which resulted in a piece of work that effectively diminished the duo’s trademark closeness, then made the crucial decision of going back to record the whole thing again, this time live and very much together, which gives the album a more intimate, direct and real feel. If Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock’s timeless “Bell Bottom Blues” is the crowning glory of this collection, with some exceptionally vibrant lap steel work courtesy of Megan and gorgeous harmonies from both, then “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise” is for my money, a close second, a show-stopper of an Elvis cover, choc full of sultry minor key rock ‘n’ roll method dramatics that would probably make Lee Strasberg smile.