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Before The Ruin [CD]

Kris Drever , John McCusker , Roddy Woomble Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Navigator Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Silver And Gold
2. Into The Blue
3. All Along The Way
4. Before The Ruin
5. Hope To See
6. Rest On The Rock
7. Out Of Light
8. The Poorest Company
9. Moments Last Forever
10. Stuck In Time

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Supergroups, under that term’s various severity of meaning, occur for myriad reasons, but chiefly out of a mutual respect and sense of fun. Or because respective creative wells have run dry and they still have commercial currency together. And while that principle reason must apply to this Scot trio (a more comfortably entwined modern folk record you surely won’t hear all year), it feels like a deep, underlying necessity overrules any other reasoning. This had to be made, or so it feels--it exists both because and independently of three perfectly successful, if low key, careers; Kris Drever is a folk singer-songwriter, John McCusker a lauded fiddle supremo and Roddy Woomble may be the best known of the three as sometime frontman of Idlewild and blossoming solo artist. Before the Ruin is very much its own entity, a debut album in its own right. From the hyper traditional fluttering on an evening breeze fiddle-n-accordion folk of "The Poorest Company" to the slow-budding arm-waving shoot of hope in the poetic "Silver & Gold" and pattering, atmospheric twinkles of "Moments Last Forever", there is an unruffled, hand-woven synchronicity to it all. It also lies on a rich bed of secondary instrumentation provided by members of Teenage Fanclub, Radiohead drummer Phil Selway and others, enhancing the feeling of collaboration. That it is not performed for any clear financial dividend, and in spite of its completeness was recorded largely over just seven afternoons, makes it all the more precious. --James Berry

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By T.Rose
Format:Audio CD
As the old adage goes, if you want something done, ask someone busy. And if you want to hear some of the freshest, savviest, sweetest and most original songwriting around, look no further than three of the busiest musicians in Scotland, newly in cahoots as a trio: Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble.

"Our paths had all crossed in various ways over the past few years - working with Kate Rusby, and on Kris and Roddy's solo albums - and our starting-point was basically just that we all really liked each other's stuff," says McCusker, equally renowned as a producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist.

For Woomble, who recently marked ten years as lead singer of Idlewild, the new trio project is a natural onward step from his acclaimed 2006 solo debut, My Secret Is My Silence. "Being in the same band for that long, you get used to writing songs in that context," he says. "The solo record was the first time I'd really pushed myself in other directions, and that's given me the confidence to take it further: Kris and John each have such a different take on things like melody and lyrics, but we're all working equally on the songs together, so the whole thing feels totally new."

That forthcoming fresh yet seasoned debut, named simply for its authorial triumvirate, was written over the course of just six or seven afternoons in McCusker's Edinburgh living-room, demo-ed on a laptop, then transferred to the studio with judiciously minimal embellishment. "It was amazingly quick," says Drever, the Orcadian singer-guitarist who won a 2007 Radio 2 Folk Award for his own first solo album, Black Water, and is a member of firebrand folk trio Lau. "We had a target number of songs we wanted to record, and we really didn't discard many.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sets the mood for any occasion 16 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Ever since hearing Roddy Woomble's first solo project, My Secret is My Silence, i have been eagerly anticipating a follow up, so i was counting down the days when i discovered two weeks ago that the album was set for release on September the 15th. I knew Roddy was working on some new songs and figured he would be looking to attempt a solo - idlewild - solo - idlewild ratio to his efforts so it was only natural that following 'Make a New World' we would be treated to another chapter to what, i imagine is the vast majority of his fans, is our second introduction to folk.

So what is it like. Well, those expecting another installment of 'My Secret..' should note that the front sticker clearly lables this a 'debut' album for the callaboration, it isnt so much a sequal for Roddy but the work of what can only be described as a group of performers, and this is evident in the first track, Silver and Gold; whereas 'My Secret.' could be linked to idlewild in a musical devolution in most of the tracks, Before the Ruin makes a claim straight away as an entirely seperate species. The guitars are light , the bass-heavy finger plucked acoustics have been replaced by light, soft picking which is more atone with traditional folk sounds, clearly Drever and McClusker's influence, and its by no way a bad thing as Roddy's earthy, imagery-rich lyrics compliment the tone quite beautifully, it certainly is a different sound that what we are used to hearing.
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The British folk scene is incredibly strong at the moment. We have the populist freneticism of Mumford and Sons, the eclectic and adsorbing Bellowhead and luminaries such as Seth Lakeman and Spiers and Boden making a strong impression with their traditional stylings. Much as I love these artists work, I would argue that some of the most sublime records coming out at the moment hail from the North of England and Scotland, and this offering from three of Scotland's finest is one of the picks of the crop.

It's that style of music, Celtic rhyhms, gentle guitars, Gaelic fiddle work, gorgeous vocals, that instantly conjures up images of glens and moors shrouded in morning mist as lonesome lovers wander through singing of their heartbreak. Or uptempo reels that evoke pictures of a right good highland knees up. I love it unequivocally.

The song writing has a maturity to it that really grabs the attention. And the music - oh the music. It has such depth. It truly is a thing of beauty. The vocals are sweet and perfectly deliver their message. I have to say that this album really is gorgeous. 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly forgettable 21 Oct 2010
By Russell Smith VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I'm afraid I was left underwhelmed by this, especially compared to Roddy's excellent solo album.

There's nothing wrong with it, but after several listens, I can't particularly remember any of the songs. It's the kind of thing I would stick on in the background if my parents were round.

Perhaps it will eventually work its way in to my subconscious, given enough plays, but unfortunately it comes across as much less than the sum of its parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
3 superb musicians coming together to produce an album of original material. The great vocals of Roddy Woomble are complemented by the musicianship of John McCusker and Kris Drever... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ade
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic
I would have bought this CD for the track 'Poorest Company' alone. It is quite possibly the most perfect song I have ever heard. Read more
Published 20 months ago by joolsem
5.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you!
We are recent Kris Drever fans and having heard his last CD first this record took a while to grow on us. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by loiregem
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A fabulous album - very beautiful. Everyone loves it, the perfect music for a collection of picky listeners!
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by K. Poulter
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning !
I was aware of the independant work of McCusker, Woomble and Drever and therefore I wasn't surprised at how good they sounded when Iheard them perform together last New Year. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2009 by Dr. Jane M. Mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic record
I didn't know what to expect from "Before The Ruin" when I got hold of it. Roddy Woomble's indie-rockers Idlewild have been evolving their sound significantly from album to album,... Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2009 by Brian Lelas
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Braw !
This is a lovely album. Following Woomble's' excellent 'My secret is my silence' Roddy W teams up with Kris Drever and 'Mr Kate Rusby' John McCusker, to create an almost classic... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2009 by Arthur Dooley
4.0 out of 5 stars Promises much, delivers some of it
This is a beautiful, gentle album, sedate and melancholic and therein lies the problem. It is just too one paced. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2009 by Big Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year
This is without question my album of 2008; it's barely been off my stereo since I got a copy! For a first time collaboration, on hearing the album you'd think this fantastic trio... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2009 by M. Dobson
1.0 out of 5 stars Messy
If you Liked My Secret Is My Silence

Then this is not for you

I was looking forward to this release but it is patchy, messy and dare I say confussing. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2008 by Mr. Percy Frizelle
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