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Tunng: always different, always the same. The band we meet, gathered in a cosy room in a Dutch barge on the Thames, are here to talk about a record that is dramatically different to any of their previous three. It's got a new lyricist and a new lead vocalist. It's got drums. It's got synthesizers. It's got massed singalong choruses. It's got guitar solos. And rather ... Read more in Amazon's Tunng Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B0035LXVI4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

A quiet and oh-so English revolution has swept through folkie collective Tunng since their last album, 2007’s Good Arrows. Not only have they lost founding member, singer and once-chief songwriter Sam Genders, they’ve added a new lyricist, renewed their acquaintance with electronic experimentation and embraced their inner adventurer. And, like all revolutions before they turn into despotic dictatorships, it’s been a revealing, liberating experience.

It wasn’t easy, however. Troubled by collective writers’ block, they embarked on a tour last year with desert bluesmen Tinariwen, finding common ground in their very different musical heritages that produced a snaky, loose-limbed hybrid of both bands’ work that freed up their minds. Their asses, as George Clinton once predicted, soon followed, and after three albums that gradually toned down the blips and squelches, …And Then We Saw Land is littered with electronic flourishes which take Tunng far beyond the ‘folktronica’ tag they’ve been handed. In fact, if you look at it from the other direction, they’ve become less a folk band with bleepy bits and more the acoustic Hot Chip.

This set is dazzling in its breadth. The most traditional track here, the almost a cappella These Winds, could be a group of pub singers by a forest inn fireside, and yet it’s sandwiched between By Dusk They Were in the City, which features a Thin Lizzy-esque guitar solo, and Santiago, which circles a cute synth melody and looped handclaps. And then there is The Roadside. If it was played by robots it would be hailed as Kraftwerk at their epic best; if it was shrouded in layers of guitars small indie boys would be throwing their caps in the air that Spiritualized’s return was nigh. But it isn’t. It’s largely acoustic but has all the repetitive, explosive, shuddering and gliding hallmarks of a Motorik classic or an indie gospel masterpiece.

Throughout, there is a sense of rebirth, nowhere more so than in the voice of Becky Jacobs. This is the first time on an album she’s taken centre stage, and her new-found confidence swims through everything else.

Tunng were always the eccentric cousins of British folk: a band born in a basement that played seat-of-the-pants shows with Malian freedom fighters, at ease with traditional folk music as cut up loops and samples. That, however, is a world they’ve outgrown. Instead of shadowing the pack, this album puts them right up the front. --Andy Fyfe

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Mantin on 2 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
Tunng's fourth album sees them operating as a full five-piece band rather than simply the personal project of Mike Lindsay and the now-departed Sam Genders Thinking cynically, this could be an attempt to finally shake off the `folktronica' tag, a tiresome label which presumably gets as much welcome as a one-star review to the bands lumped with it. But of course, that's not the case (though it might be a nice side-effect): this is a natural evolution, and it's yielded some joyous results.

`...And Then We Saw Land' is by far Tunng's most accessible work yet, its bigger scope allowing Lindsay's ear for melody to take centre stage. In `Hustle' they have their first radio-friendly hit, a cute shuffle flavoured with banjos and African-flavoured percussion (they've clearly been taking some notes since touring with members Tinariwen last year). Elsewhere they take their trademarks of delicate fingerpicked guitar and nature imagery and apply them to their most memorable tunes yet.

But this is by no means a reluctant bid for commercial appeal. It is a shame to see a curtail of the liberal use of samples and electronics which made their earlier albums so distinctive - the bleepy refrains which make up the second half of the album will be greeted warmly by their fans - but the songwriting is stronger than ever and the fact the band has been fleshed out never compromises the songs' intimacy. There's none of the grating filler that 2007's `Good Arrows' suffered. "Don't look down or back" sings the 15-person `Mega Chorus' of mates on the epic track of the same name. It's a philosophy that the confident and fully-formed Tunng of this fine fourth album clearly shares.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 18 Mar 2010
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Earlier albums featured moments of song writing genius linked by pleasant musical meanderings. These were as if they had set out to complete a song or two but the sun was shining and they were smiling, so the songs remained unfinished but delightful. This album is a more cohesive set of individual songs yet it is no less Tunng. Whether or not any of the individual songs matches your favourites from the past is a matter of personal taste but the overall quality is far more consistent.

They are often described as Folk but there is no Celtic nostalgia here, no melodies reverse engineered across the pond through modal tuning, no longing for the mines, no working hardship, pirates, poachers, highwaymen or lords and ladies dancing. If this references the past it is the whimsical innocence of Barrett's Floyd or the lyrical brilliance of Ray Davies at his peak. Their work speaks not to the England that would break us but to the England in our hearts, or perhaps the one just a step or two beyond the looking glass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kirkby on 21 April 2010
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Tunng's fourth album felt long overdue. I've been following the band since Comments of the Inner Chorus was released, and loved it all.

There is some very different stuff here from This is Tunng - Mother's Daughter and Other Songs and Comments. This feels like a continuation of some of the trajectories in Good Arrows. I like it a lot, although it doesn't appeal to me quite as much as the earlier stuff.

But then, if they stayed in the same groove with each new record then it would get boring wouldn't it?
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By Clem Fandango VINE VOICE on 15 Mar 2010
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I'll certainly go along with the four star ratings offered by the other reviewers. This is once again,an excellent offering from those new age minstrels from London Town.
For someone who hasn't heard Tunng before then this is probably their most instantly accessible work. The experimental electronic jiggery pokery is less evident and several of the tracks have-dare I say it- a poppy vibe! As someone else has mentioned, Tunng female vocalist Becky Jacobs is much more to the fore than previously. The album has a lovely flow which fits in with its nautical feel. Each track melding effortlessly into the next.The sound quality is to my ear,really fresh and sharp. The instruments and vocals clearly defined in their own spheres. Tunng go back to basics with some of the tracks drawn from their folk roots. Not surprisingly,there is a sea shanty-esque sound coming through as both instruments and lyrics suggest that they have consciously set out to create a seafaring concept album of sorts.
A great live band and a great studio outfit to boot!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike J. Wheeler on 3 Mar 2010
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I like this band a lot. I first came across them with the release of 'Comments of the Inner Chorus' and saw them live at Glastonbury in 2007 and then again playing with Tinariwen last year. Both times they were truly an excellent live band. I loved 'Comments of the Inner Chorus' - a lot. There next effort, 'Good Arrows', wasn't bad, more up and down than 'Inner Chorus' in my opinion but I still enjoyed it. So I was eager to hear the latest offering. If I had to place it I'd say it's more 'Good Arrows' than 'Inner Chorus' which is a shame but then I guess it would be nigh on impossible to pen another album like 'Inner Chorus'. It's still recognisably a Tunng album. Although the trademark beeps have been pushed further into the background on most tracks whilst on other tracks there is a more determinedly electronica feel than before. I know that seems contradictory but there seems to be separation to some extent of the more explicit electronica elements from the more explicit folkier elements rather than a combination of them (exemplified best perhaps by Sashimi followed by With Whiskey).

The album all told is pretty good though. A difference from before is evident in that the female vocals are now much more up front. I'm not completely convinced by the move to be honest. She has a lovely voice but personally I thought it worked better as a foil to the lead vocals rather than sitting so far forward in the mix. A lot of the change has been forced by original member Sam Genders leaving. The songs and the music are appreciably less dark than on their previous efforts. The taste of Wicker Man which completely permeated 'Inner Chorus' has largely disappeared though it appears again periodically (notably on 'October' perhaps the song on here most similar to the output on 'Inner Chorus').
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