Retro Week: Loreena McKennitt, The Lady of Shallot

We finish off Retro Week with a track that pretty much lays waste to the myriad mediocrity of the vast majority of folk music. Yes, Ms. McKennitt can be accused of turning into art what is almost by definition craft, but there are worse crimes. The 20th century was famous for shoving four-chord-wonders out of their kitchen chairs onto the vinyl floor of posterity. Here is a track that reminds us there is no substitute for talent, 10,000 hours of practice, and a kick-ass recording studio.