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Don't Stop Singing

7 Nov. 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Nov. 2011
  • Release Date: 7 Nov. 2011
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Mighty Village Records Ltd under exclusive license to Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 36:59
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  • ASIN: B005XWCIFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,889 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr L N Price on 9 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Not content with producing a superb rendition of Dylan's entire John Wesley Harding album a few months ago, Thea Gilmore now gives us this very beautiful interpretation of the late Sandy Denny's lyrics - melodic, haunting, tasteful - it is all of these things. I love her vocal style and the musical arrangements - this album is a remarkable feat - to take another highly respected singer/songwriter's words and to so lovingly and respectfully interpret them in such a moving way. Along with John Wesley Harding (an equally great tribute to Dylan in his 70th year) my joint album of the year.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Randall on 7 Nov. 2011
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The most gorgeous and heart-stoppingly moving record I've heard in 2011. Utterly respectful to Sandy Denny's previously unpublished lyrics and composed with sublime taste, this album is an understated triumph. Stunning. A completely unexpected treasure from a great artiste.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2011
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My expectations were not particularly high for this album. The news that a contemporary singer-songwriter has been given the task of "finishing" the scraps of songs left behind by Sandy Denny suggests a resultant album of only curiosity interest. Moreover, while Sandy Denny wrote some great songs, it's tempting to think that her voice was a central requirement in them.

In fact, this album (though very short at 36 minutes) is very much better than I had any reason to hope. Gilmore does not try to make the songs contemporary, aiming instead to produce a classic album of the 1970s: the arrangements are full, the production rather thick and pop-influenced, just like Denny's own solo albums. The appearance of John Kirkpatrick on accordion is just one of many instrumental touches that grounds the songs securely in Denny's soundworld, and while Gilmore herself does not (and perhaps COULD not) imitate Denny, the inflections are often similar. If you didn't know in advance that Sandy's songwriting was involved in the process, I think that you would still sense her keen influence on Thea's album.

The drawbacks to this album are also Sandy's. The songs are old-fashioned and tend to hog the middle of the road. They are slightly over-produced ... not as much as Denny's later solo albums, but more than one would like. Perhaps too often there are moments in these songs that one feels one has heard elsewhere. At times this is enough to put this album on the edge of "guilty pleasure" territory.

That said, if this album were just a 2011 album that happened to have lyrics by Sandy Denny, it wouldn't really have justified all the work that went into producing it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandman on 10 Nov. 2011
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Just received this today, so reviewing on first listen: big fan of both Sandy Denny and Thea Gilmore, and the combination here is just gorgeous. Thea was prodigiously good as a teenager, and has just got better and better as the years have gone by. A dozen or so albums later .... "who knows where the time goes?" as they say.

Sandy is of course a legend, and Thea, with Nigel Stonier's help as always, has absolutely done justice to the task of putting her last lyrics to music. A beautiful album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2011
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Thea Gilmore has achieved the impossible. She's created a new Sandy Denny album. Based on poems, first draft lyrics, and other fragments, Gilmore composed and arranged the music which results in ten songs which you can so easily imagine Sandy singing.

It isn't that Gilmore is copying Sandy, not that anyone could. Her own voice is quite distinctive and strong enough that she doesn't have to anyway. The arrangements, music and choice of instruments, the way they are played echo Denny without imitating her. I could even say that Gilmore is channeling Sandy's spirit but that would be out of character for me so I won't in case anyone thinks I'm being sentimental. It's an understated, delicate piece of work which grows on the listener. In my case, a first play didn't have much impact, but with the second I suddenly heard with absolute clarity just how much of Sandy was there in this sincere tribute. Georgia, the final track, is about Sandy's baby whom she tragically never lived to see grow up and here, appropriately, Gilmore does sound the most like Sandy, something that is emphasised by a guitar sound which could have been played by Jerry Donahue on a Fotheringay track.

This is a very fine piece of work and a worthy tribute to someone I still regard as the greatest female singer to come from this country.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hanna on 7 Nov. 2011
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This is a truly beautiful and moving album, full of riches and secret depths that leads the listener upon a journey of the heart and soul into the lyrics that Sandy wrote and to which Thea has breathed a life of joy, sorrow, pain, expectation & reflection that is truly stunning on so many levels.
The music is everything one would imagine Sandy herself would have chosen and add to this Thea's gorgeous and poignant vocals and phrasing that perfectly respond to the ebb and flow of Sandy's words that a perfect union is created. The musicianship and production is also outstanding-this is what music should always be but seldom is. Thank You!
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