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Brave Tin Soldiers [CD]

Sarah Nixey Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Black Lead Records
  • ASIN: B004VL2ONU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Brave Tin Soldiers 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Gathering Shadows 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Homecoming 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Love Gets Dangerous 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Miss Sauvignon 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Black Rose 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Burial Of Love 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Silent Hour 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Frost At Midnight 5:190.99  Buy MP3 

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Sarah Nixey will never be as famous as Lady Gaga or as ubiquitous as Katy Perry. She will never need to wear a dress made of meat, or belly flop into a giant birthday cake. What she does is quiet, understated and elegant; as polished as a beautifully cut diamond, but worn discreetly. Having tied-up business with Black Box Recorder, she has at last found the perfect setting for her songs. Where popular music s very own Andy Gray & Richard Keys cast her as a precocious, sinister ice-maiden who could make the phone book read like The Story of O, Brave Tin Soldiers reveals her to be something else entirely: a warm, connected, exceptional musician and songwriter. The album is written, arranged and produced by Sarah. She has made a truly accomplished record that is lyrically, melodically and sonically outstanding. It s nearest comparisons are perhaps Hope Sandoval, if she moved out of her indie comfort zone; a similar stillness and intensity is present in Julee Cruise, again dreamlike, ethereal, yet strong and perhaps even heroic, and lastly, the most dangerous comparison of all, intelligent music s holy grail, Kate Bush. It s not just the very Englishness of Sarah s songs that suggest this affinity. Musical similarities exist in her arrangements, such as vocal layering and harmonising. Sarah has an exquisite and instantly recognisable voice, soothing, seductive, warm and effortless, and a natural gift for melody. She works in her own time, combining the privacy of domesticity (she is the mother of two young children), with the adventure of writing. For her, work is always a pleasure. The 11 songs are atmospheric, minutely observed tales of love and yearning, and vivid depictions of past lives swathed in luxurious melodies that rise like ectoplasm to haunt the imagination. Taken in its entirety, its a highly skilled and effective piece of work, rich in artistry, texture and colours, it also contains several great singles, most obviously, its eponymous track, but also the up-tempo Love Gets Dangerous, and the heartbreaking yet beautiful murder ballad Gathering Shadows. Perhaps the strangest songs on the album are Silent Hour, referencing as it does the tragic series of teenage-suicides in the Welsh town of Bridgend, and Cat s Cradle, which tells of a woman with a clear case of Stockholm Syndrome. Some of these songs have been inspired by personal stories and some have been investigations into infamous stories. After visiting Betty Corrigall s grave, possibly the loneliest in the UK, on the remote Isle of Hoy in Orkney, Sarah wrote Black Rose, conjuring the ghostly presence of this poor ostracised woman. Elsewhere the album deals with erotic entanglements where fine stockings ladder all too easily, alcohol as the mistress in a broken marriage and, inspired by Samantha Morton s semi-autobiographic film The Unloved, a young girl who goes home after a stretch in residential care but realises she can t stay. Bleak as some of this subject matter is, Nixey handles it with absolute restraint and empathy. Sarah Nixey will never be as famous as Lady Gaga, she will however, continue to write and record exceptional songs, perform live occasionally, and live quietly for the rest of the time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Nixey returns! 21 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Sarah Nixey is better known as part of the band Black Box Recorder and on this second solo album has changed direction leaving behind the electro/euro pop of 2007s Sing, Memory in favour of a more natural sounding record.

What Brave Tin Soldiers may lack in electro blips and blops it makes up for in song writing and Sarah's beautiful, almost spoken, singing is the perfect complement to this delicate record.

Although all the tracks are good, the title and Homecoming are particularly special.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy Rose 25 Jun 2011
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Superlative second album from ex-Black Box Recorder singer Sarah Nixey. The song-writing is consistently of a high standard - for me the stand-outs are 'Black Rose' and 'The Burial Of Love'

For the uninitiated Sarah Nixey is a fine counterpart to Alison Goldfrapp - both excelling in an aching yearning sound that hits the memory button with echoes of John Barry, the Shangri-Las' slower moments, Marianne before the Fall and the song-writing of the late 60s/70s.

On constant repeat at present.
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4.0 out of 5 stars unnervingly beautiful 8 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
after gracing us with her home counties breathy vocals on black box recorder albums and now, following on from the gorgeous debut sing, memory, this 2nd album is dark, melancholy and deliciously sinister, there is a similarity to alison goldfrapp here, you can just imagine ms nixey sat up reading the first edition newspapers in an early hours reflective mood sipping a glass of malt whiskey and smoking a Gitanes cigarette if you will.....her clever, twisted lyrics and the most effortlessly stunning vocal, this is a beautiful album, it unnerves as it delights, in equal measure.
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