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Blight & Blossom

1 Oct 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 2012
  • Label: Rooksmere Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Rooksmere Records
  • Total Length: 53:00
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  • ASIN: B0097V8PW8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,938 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Sharpe on 11 Oct 2012
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Two years after his debut E.P., `An E.P.', was released, we now have the debut album.
And the two year wait was worth it.

8 of the 11 tracks lyrics are self penned, all with their own unique feel, tackling issues ranging from leaving home, to a conspiracy theory surrounding Shakespeare, to watching a relationship flourish then deteriorate in parallel with the changing weather.

Blair's song writing is wonderful to listen to (both lyrics and tune), mature and modern, he's successfully reaching out to a new generation of listeners whilst giving those who thought they knew what folk music was, a brand new twist on the sound.

The only traditional track, Black is the Colour (of My True Love's Hair), was first featured on An E.P., with the album version featuring Rebecca Lovell with joint lead vocals. A superb combination of story telling from both singers, the song comes to life from seeing the story from both sides.

Out of all the tracks, `The Gown' is my favourite, being the only track to feature just Blair and a piano. The lyrics are stunning, moving and deep. Being so used to hearing Blair's voice accompanied by a guitar, it's refreshing to hear a piano and I'd love to hear more tracks like this with the same set up in the future.

There's a good balance between acoustic tracks and tracks featuring other artists. Blair's guitar playing is incredible to watch and listen to, the complexity and skill is almost hypnotic. I think it would have been good to have had two or three tracks on the album purely instrumental, simply just to show off how impressive his guitar skills are, although 3 instrumental tracks are featured between the two E.P.s

Overall, I think this is a fantastic album, and am really looking forward to the next!

If you ever get the chance to see Blair live and experience these songs first hand, do so.

Once heard, never forgotten.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Konieczny on 22 Dec 2012
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I first discovered this talented young man while watching the BBC Four documentary of the the Barbican concert "The Songs of Sandy Denny" He was in some amazing company,Thea Gilmore, Maddy Prior, PP Arnold, Jerry Donahue to name but a few. All offered their interpretations of some of Sandy's amazing repertoire.

The broadcast version of the concert included Blair Dunlop's performance of "The Sea" a song originally recorded by the Fotheringay line up. His performance was amazingly assured and had the emotional pull of the original yet he was able to make the song his own. There were many fine performances in that concert but for me this stood head and shoulders above the rest.

"Blight and Blossom" is a very good album and I'm still discovering the pleasures of listening to a collection of well written songs. There are clever, searching lyrics and beautiful melodies delivered with a voice to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end and all of this with accomplished arrangements and some fine instrumental performances.

For a first album this sets the bar very high. I'm looking forward to hearing more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Dickinson on 28 Dec 2012
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Blight and Blossom is simply, perfection. Blair Dunlop is an incredibly talented musician, of which the album does justice.It is a refreshing blend of traditional folk with youthful, indie rock influences which is done subtly- making this album not only accessible but clever.
Witty, heartfelt and raw; Blight and Blossom deserves recognition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on 19 Mar 2013
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This young man has a rare gift. There is not a weak track on this debut album. The lyrics are subtle and moving and he has a confident, "effortless" voice. There are some fine melodies and the song writing has both a fresh, charming innocence and confident maturity. There are elements of Nic Jones and Richard Thompson in Blair's guitar playing - and he has inherited a great talent from Ashley Hutchings and Judy Dunlop. But make no mistake, Blair Dunlop has his own unique style that is original. I think that folk music fans will instantly warm to this album, and Blair has definitely placed this album in the folk tradition - however, these songs and Blair Dunlop's voice and guitar playing stand on their own - and stretch beyond the folk scene/genre - with hints of the greats of the mainstream British singer songwriters who mastered melancholy in melody and lyrics (Nick Drake, Roy Harper). What an achievement. My personal favourites are 'Bags Outside the Door' 'secret theatre' 'less the pawn' and 'blight and blossom'.

He recently won best newcomer at the folk awards in Feb - and I saw him perform tracks from the album at the Kitchen Garden Café in Birmingham on 17th March - it felt like a privilege to witness such a talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grumbletweezer on 12 April 2013
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Don't want to add a lot and I don't have the musical knowledge others here have, but it's the first time I've sat down and listed to an album (that's what old people call CDs, Blair) from end to end like this. And seriously, not a duff track on it, no filler, it's all really good and soothed an Angry Old Man :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Rodger on 16 Mar 2013
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Blair is a singer to watch out for in the future. This album has some amazing melodies and clever lyrics
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By Iona on 4 April 2014
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Fabulous. In short. Great music and the case is sooo nice. Can't wait for House Of Jacks. Good job Blair! Check out his duet album with Larkin Poe.
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