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16 July 2012

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Song Title
Hinge of the Year
Hushabye Birdie
Ash Girl
Old Mother Eve
Silver Swan
Sleeping Beauty
Sunken Bells
Scorching Sun
Black Sheep
When You're Weary

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  • Label: Furrow Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Furrow Records
  • Total Length: 43:22
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  • ASIN: B008B0INFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,951 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Emily's debut album, The Glamoury, was one of my favourites of that year. Her second offering continues the same type of disturbing fantasy themes, dwelling on swans and lullabies this time. The opening track, Hatchlings, tells the story of Leda, and her 2 sets of twins in the form of swans hatched from eggs. Silver Swan is based on a madrigal sung beautifully with Lucy Farrell. Lullaby fragments include Hushabye Birdy and Black Sheep. There are 2 songs that are inspired by Angela Carter story's, Hinge of the Year a more contemporary tale based around an intoxicated New year, and Ash Girl tells of a lost child helped by a dead mother. Macabre images with memorable lyrics run through the album, such as the opening to Sleeping Beauty, " I break my finger just to see three drops of blood that tell me I'm not sleeping". Hollin reflects the love of the joys of nature, with some new verses added to an old song. Emily takes lead vocals, sometimes with a "little girl" voice, playing concertina, banjo and ukele. She is joined on the album by Lucy Farrell on harmony vocals,viola and saw; and Rachel Newton on harmony vocals together with harp and fiddle. Many of the compositions are original songs apart from the lullaby extracts, with a cover of the traditional Old Mother Eve,a subversive retelling of the biblical Adam and Eve story. There are special guest spots by Jonny Kearney on guitar, Will Scrimshaw on percussion, ,Lucy Deakin on Cello and Alasdair Roberts on guitar and vocals. Overall, I found this was not quite as immediate as her debut, but the songs grow on you with repeated plays. She has come up with an excellent strong second album cornering a niche of wierd fantasy folk songs, with memorable lines that stay with you. The multi- tracking of vocals at times can be spine tingling , and it is distinctly different.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but.. 19 Oct 2013
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A perfectly good recording. Not really up to the quality of the first album - The Glamoury, which is excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and haunting 25 May 2013
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Beautifully produced and performed.

Emily Portman is a fine musician and singer.If you have not listented to Emily Portman before you will be impressedd by the pwer of her delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly mesmerising 21 May 2013
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Beautiful, delicate, magical music, some penned by Emily Portman, some traditional songs arranged by her.
Don't be fooled by the ethereal lightness of touch - this music has a real dark side to it, as well as some powerful messages. She cites inspiration from author Angela Carter and the subversion of the fairy tale.
Emily Portman is a master craftsman of song and her tunes will stay in your head for a long time, as will her haunting and unique singing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original and affecting 14 Jan 2013
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Emily Portman continues to elaborate on her highly original and emotional charged 'glamorous' vision of the World. Nothing to match Tongue-tied here, but still excellent. I would also like to hear Emily's take on more traditional songs.
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