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Cruel Sister

Rachel Unthank Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rabble Rouser
  • ASIN: B0009HLBI4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. On A Monday Morning 3:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. January Man 3:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fair Rosamund 2:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cruel Sister 8:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rap Her To Bank 1:330.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Raven Girl 2:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Twenty Long Weeks 3:240.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Fair Flower Of Northumberland 4:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Greatham Calling On Song 5:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. River Man 5:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bonny At Morn 4:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. John Dead 3:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Troubled Waters 5:060.69  Buy MP3 

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"I just love it..I simply can’t recommend them enough" -- BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2

"Rachel Unthank is brilliant" -- KATE RUSBY

"Simply gripping..their ambition knows no bounds" -- Froots

"just beautiful, beautiful music..one day all music will sound like this" -- PHIL JUPITUS, BBC 6 MUSIC

Folk Album of the Year 2005 "joyous, refreshing and in-yer-face" -- Mojo Magazine

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CD Winners Of The Mojo Folk Album Of The Year 2005

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grassroots Superbness 14 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
To listen to Cruel Sister is to remind yourself of what folk music really is: people with appreciation for tradition, their own ideas, the talent to combine them, the sensitivity to do it well and the enthusiasm to love doing it. Rachel and Becky Unthank have all this, and the spread of songs on here show that clearly. Whether it's familiar songs such as the title track (albeit in an interpretation unfamiliar to me), local North-Eastern songs like Rap Her To Bank or the superb acappella of The Fair Flower Of Northumberland, or more recent pieces like River Man, the skill is almost as apparent to the listener as the amount of fun they're clearly having.

Comparisons with June Tabor have been made by some reviewers, and while I'm not sure the Unthanks are quite in that league yet, at this rate they will. They do already share with Tabor that amazing ability to absorb and amplify the innate emotional quality of the songs they sing. Rachel especially has a most expressive voice. Accompanists Brenda O'Hooley and Jackie Oates, completing The Winterset, mark another similarity to June Tabor's music in their quiet, almost minimalist power, elegant simplicity and gravity, and are fantastically apt for the Unthank sisters' voices.

In annual visits to Hexham Gathering folk festival I've seen the Unthanks go from (undeservedly) little-regarded also-ran performers to headliners. I'm so glad they've managed to make this mark on the wider world at last. It's just a shame this CD doesn't have any video footage of their superb clogging as a hidden extra; perhaps for the next album?
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5.0 out of 5 stars See "The Bairns" develop 22 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD stands alone as an original creative piece with a touching mood all of its own. In context, as their first album (subsequently followed by "The Bairns"), it illustrates the beginnings of their unique sound which famously combines authenticity and individuality. If you're new to Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, start with "The Bairns", their second and most recent offering (simply breathtaking), and then treat yourself to "Cruel Sister" because you will want more, and this will help put their journey in context.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Sister 29 Jan 2009
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The Unthank sisters have a quality which you seldom hear: husky, powerful, and with a precision of harmony and tone that makes you gasp. This is worth listening to very carefully, again and again
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I love this music. The Unthanks bring the past and all it means to us, and what it makes us.
Having been to see them live at the Komedia theatre in Brighton, I was captivated by their live performance. They are also great entertainment in between songs. Belinda O’Hooley as well as being a fantistic pianist could perform stand up as another career. Please don't though.
They are going somewhere special, they are raw, hungry for success and encaptivating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first album 21 Oct 2010
By Tim
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For me, it's about the voices, especially Becky's. I saw them for the first time recently - just the basic band, no extra strings etc. - and it was mesmerising. I find the arrangements on their most recent album a bit too intrusive instrumentally. I love 'The Bairns', especially their take on Robert Wyatt's 'Sea Song', however I've got a feeling that after a few more listens this album's going to end up being my favourite. Incidentally, after the gig a few of us were able to chat with Rachel and Becky; really nice people.
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