This is a stunning experience and lots of fun unless you're a po faced folkie purist. Certainly sounds like the group (in reality a cross between a chamber orchestra and a colliery brass band) is having fun revisiting, dissecting and reassembling this frankenstein monster of an album. It's a collection of traditional folk songs and new tunes, arranged brilliantly for about a dozen players lead by Boden and Spiers who add a bewildering mixture of musical influences, from classical, jazz, rock - you can hear Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa, Herb Alpert, ELO, parodies from pop, funk, world genres and more - Millennium music for morris dancers, snake charmers and courtiers. The arrangements are truly phenomenal - from the intro to Rigs of the Time, a sort of orchestra tuning up followed by what sounds like the theme from The Simpsons before the thumping brass and woodwind driven melody behind the wonderful folk singing. Martin Carthy it's not. Standout track is Jordan (an American gospel song) featuring bagpipes !!! and sounding like the Michael Nyman soundtrack for Peter Greenaway's Draughtsman's Contract. Why wasn't this picked for Eurovision - fantastic, theatrical, daring ? There are a few more conventional songs - the bouzouki, accordion, cello on Across the Line with its infectious chorus is very effective; Courting Slow shows a more typical fiddle and box Spiers and Boden combination on an old love ballad; One May Morning is a carol arranged for voice parts and some brass accompaniment. The tunes are less immediate in their appeal but soon grow with their variety of dance rhythms to keep the toes tapping. An awesome effort from all involved. Open your ears and minds - it's really worth it (almost for the beautiful packaging alone).