Rocking Roots alt country folk pop mix melodic songs with well wrought lyrics ..... experience a new voice on the roots scene, powerful, positive and inspirational....."These are tunes with the ache and retrospective wisdom of a dame in her prime”.
(Sarah Liss, NOW Magazine)
Award winning singer songwriter Linda McLean lives in the forests of Northern Ontario writing taut songs full of fire and emotion not easily forgotten. NO LANGUAGE (BongoBeat) is her second CD (the first released in Canada) and the strong follow up to her critically acclaimed CD BETTY'S ROOM (2003,RounderEurope). NO LANGUAGE offers continued evidence of prolific and finely crafted songwriting skills. Among her 'debut' comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Fiona Apple, critics have ranked McLean among the best of her Canadian contemporaries; "There is a 'holy trinity' of Canadian singer songwriters, Sarah Harmer,Kathleen Edwards and Linda McLean." (Mark Rheaume,CBC Radio) “Her material straddles the line between roots stylings and an adult contemporary-tinged sound à la Jann Arden or Sarah McLachlan...lyrics are gently introspective and reflective, and they possess the ring of hard-earned truths, rather than the facile musings of so many of her younger peers.”(Kerry Doole, Exclaim Magazine)”Not as rough around the edges as Lucinda Williams and not as smooth as Jann Arden, McLean's work displays those influences but her voice garners comparisons to Edwards and Lynn Miles with an occasional hint of Jane Siberry. If you are a fan of any of the aforementioned artists you can add a new favourite in Linda McLean.” (Bruce Leperre, Winnipeg Free Press)
NO LANGUAGE is produced and mixed by roots veteran John Whynot (Bruce Cockburn, Jim Cuddy, Lucinda Williams, Colin Linden, etc), and showcases an impressive tracklist of strong songs and emotive singing. There has been a lot of love and attention paid to craft and feeling; recorded deep in the Muskoka woods at Linda's home studio (that lake she's swimming in on the cover is her back yard) with the full panorama of nature for inspiration. Players on the album include Gary Craig, drums (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Anne Murray, Jann Arden - is arguably the most sought after studio drummer in Canada); Maury Lafoy, bass (Jann Arden, Oh Susanna, Sarah Harmer, etc); and Andy McLean, guitar (Doubledare, The Tenants).
“ Linda McLean...a supremely talented songsmith... No Language speaks volumes.”