It's been almost a decade since this singer-songwriter, former major-label recording artist and women's music pioneer ended her personal and musical relationship with Cris Williamson and moved to Madison.
Fure's Madison years have been productive. The Horizon is the fifth solo album she's released while living here. It's her 13th career record, dating back to her 1970 Spencer Davis collaboration, Mouse Trap.
If the songs on The Horizon are any indication, Fure's Madison years have also been happy. Beginning with the title track, these 12 songs ooze peace and sense of perspective on both good times and bad.
Fure's guitar work is crisp, delicate and reflective throughout this polished folk record. It grows mysterious and edgy on "Millie." It turns playful and upbeat on "Blackberry Blues," a track that laments the emptiness of digital communication.
Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines of Madison's Stellanovas add strings, emotional depth and local connections to prove that Fure, thankfully, has settled into our local scene.