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Howie B Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00005MH8T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Making Love On Your Side 4:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. All This Means To Me 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Musical Mayday 4:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Touch 3:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Duet 3:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Watermelon Sugar 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hey Jack 6:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. My Wee Cod Piece 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tap Dancer 5:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Telephone 3:590.79  Buy MP3 

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Folk, the latest from Scottish producer, Howie B, is a curious affair: a bunch of disparate stories from a musical maverick with one eye on the mixing desk and the other in outer space. Less personal than previous outings, Folk still bears the human elements that often characterise his work and if you liked those, you'll love this. Kicking off with the beguiling gypsy blues of "Making Love On Your Side", it's clear that the collaborative process is one Howie truly thrives on. Equally good, "All This Means To Me" pits The Band's Robbie Robertson against X-Files atmospherics in an eerie tale of obsessive love, while the drowsy, spare trip-hop of old is echoed in the Tricky-like "Musical Mayday". Best of all though is "Duet", a cover of David Essex's "Rock On" and its famous low-slung bassline, now curled around the twin voices of Gavin Friday and tuneful newcomer Karmen Wiyjnberg. There's a couple of indulgent moments where Howie's obtuse experimentation does get the better of him, but for the most part this is fresh, accessible and brimming with life of all kinds. --Paul Tierney

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Format:Audio CD
Howie has come up with another casserole-mix of tasty delights, including the excellent "Duet" featuring Gavin Friday and newcomer Karmen Wijnberg. This is one CD to play and play...it really grows on you. There is a real medley of sounds on this album, ranging from the Spanish or Arabian-Nights flavour of "making Love on your Side" to the compact mix of "Touch". Duet is a real stonker of a song. Pity it wasnt a bit longer though...it is such a good song, you want it to last longer.This music leaves you with a warm feeling inside..like warming yourself beside a fire looking up at the stars, and the sounds of the night drifting across the dewy landscape.
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This music reaches out far and wide, satisfying those parts other sounds fail to reach. The songs on this album are like pebbles dropping into the global pond---with reminiscences of spanish, the east, global rock. I especially liked the tight rhythms of "Duet", contrasting the deep deep bass of Gavin Friday and the light and airy sounds of newcomer Karmen Wijnberg. It is difficult to describe this album...it is quite different to other music I have come across, but the tracks are each carefully crafted, honed and woven through with sounds, creating a complex dish to feast upon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Redux 27 Aug 2011
By Rooksby
Format:Audio CD
It's 10 years since Folk was released - & 10 years since anybody reviewed it on Amazon I see! I gave it a quick spin earlier today, out of curiosity more than anything else, & can hereby vouch for it's enduring genius. Though it's a more rounded, less opaque effort than Howie's earlier LPs, Folk is as gloriously o.d.d. as any of them, & his masterpiece (to date) in my opinion. I say "to date" because I've not given up hope (yet) that'll he release something even better, though he's been worryingly quiet in the decade since Folk first popped up, with just a couple of very low key projects to his name. Howie, whatever we did to offend you, we apologies wholeheartedly & wish you'd come back... OK?

n.b. Great sleeve by Intro as well, make sure you buy the original digipack version if possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reserva 2001 16 Jan 2004
By Nuno Melo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Quite unknown album, the kind of discs you see (it's impossible not to notice this cover) but you don't listen to. I tried it out quite recently (December 2003) and I felt ashamed for my ignorance.Definitely quality electronic music filled of soulful and passionate voices, particularly Karmen Wijnberg featuring on "Musical Mayday", "Duet" and "Telephone" which along with "All this means to me" are my favourite tracks. I felt in love with this unknown stunning female singer. There are great details on this album like the acordeon on "Duet" or the flamenco guitar on "Making love on your side". Sponteaneuos, full of imaginative beats, can't take it ou of my mind. 4 stars because there are some songs below what I've just described but don't let this disappoint you, it would be worth to buy just to hear the "Duet"...Congratulations, dear Howie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Production, Beautiful Vocals Spells Recipe for Masterpiece! 25 May 2011
By M. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was a long time coming for artist/producer/composer Howard Bernstein. Folk is a lovingly soulful display of dynamic vocals blended by lush exhibits of organic beats and hearty atmosphere. This man knows how to pull a track together. Though, much harder to obtain than his other releases, Folk is well worth the search. Every composition on this album felt more nurtured and appreciated, by the artist himself, over any other Howie B production I have heard to date. As much praise as Howie's Daddy Longlegs project (1999) and fusion with Sly & Robbie (1999) received, they only knocked on the door of brilliance. I'm not sure there's anything Howie's done prior or after that can top Folk's utterly honest beauty within.

The most alluring part of Folk's appeal is its sheer curiosity - how it almost mimics the way we would hear the world, through Howie's ears. His exquisite production executed to a point of levitation, heightening our ability to hear the music exactly as the artist intended. Pure and raw, without flaws and fumbles through idea and concept, this man delivers a full spectrum of his talents combined with those of others, proving collaborative efforts applied means genius results are the only consequence.

It's sad that albums like this aren't made every day, or even every year for that matter. I've always believed that music was a way for us to connect with one another through sound. A way for us to communicate how we feel to a greater audience - a force with opinion and subjective reason to love us or dismiss us. And as much there is nothing dismissive about Howie B's Folk, it's unfortunate how many people won't deem the privilege to hear this superb creation by one the 21st century's most underrated talents.

Thanks, Howie. But I must beseech you, please make MORE like this. Please!
3.0 out of 5 stars Howie B. - Folk 2 Mar 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Howie B. continues to defy expectation. If by picking up FOLK, you expected some gently twee English strumming, "Making Love on Your Side," knocks that image out of your head with its wailing Spanish vocals and abstract trip-hop leanings. "Musical Mayday" has more of a traditional `folk' sound, but as reinterpreted by Mr. Bernstein, of course. The rock `n' roll classic "Rock On" gets slowed down and given a creepy chorus on "Duet," while the languorous of "Hey Jack" gets a sure-footed kick in the ass halfway through. Some tracks like "Watermelon Sugar" don't seem as developed, but tracks like the minimalist "My Wee Cod Piece" help make up for that. The final thrumming on "Telephone" interact with the pretty vocals in an fascinating way - - almost like Bjork-lite. Intriguing, if not entirely successful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 15 Sep 2002
By John C. Irving - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Excellent album. Get it on vinyl if you can - the cover is great.
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