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Here's The Tender Coming [CD]

The Unthanks Audio CD
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"Music as tough as it is gentle, as ancient as it is modern, and as coldly desolate as it is achingly intimate. They might not end up being the best-selling British all-girl group of all time, but they're well on their way to being the most charismatic and imaginative" Paul Morley, Observer Music Magazine Top 50 Albums of the Year (number 17)

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  • Audio CD (14 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Because He Was A Bonny Lad 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sad February 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Annachie Gordon 8:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lucky Gilchrist 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Living By The Water 6:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Where've Yer Bin Dick0:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nobody Knew She Was There 5:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Flowers Of The Town 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Not Much Luck In Our House0:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. At First She Starts 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Here's The Tender Coming 5:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Betsy Bell 4:140.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

When confronted with music as splendid as this, it’s easy to be swept along on a wave of purple prose. “Beautiful”, “haunting”, and “beguiling” are all words that spring easily to mind whilst listening to this astonishing record.

Yet such is the presence and emotional weight created by the voices of Rachel and Becky Unthank, even such effusive descriptions drastically undersell what this remarkable duo achieve via a distinctive brace of (mostly) traditional folk tunes.

Alongside the extraordinary potency of their singing, the nuances and embellishments of the instrumental settings - created by an expanded team that includes strings and horns (as well as regular collaborators Niopha Keegan and producer Adrian McNally) - are decisive and striking.

The spellbinding eight-minute-long Annachie Gordon is a well-known tale of doomed lovers undone by the local gentry. Yet in a remake that owes more to Music for Airports than Cecil Sharp House, it is made viscerally fresh as the heartache seeps slowly across a repeatedly tolling, echo-drenched piano chord.

Their cross-pollination of old and new avoids coming over as novel or awkward, and it’s exactly this inventive approach which has always given The Unthanks their edge.

The sharp slicing strings and the brass undertow on Lucky Gilchrist reimagines Michael Nyman’s staccato-driven scores whilst the arrangement of Lal Waterson’s At First She Starts channels the ornate melancholia of Nick Drake’s Way To Blue with a stately splash of Henry Purcell. 

Whilst a smile is raised by the inclusion of knockabout tunes such as the Geordie dialect ditties of Betsy Bell and Where’ve Yer Bin Dick, it’s the profound intensity of bleaker material such as the truly heartbreaking dignity of The Testimony of Patience Kershaw or Ewan MacColl’s Nobody Knew She Was There that stays with the listener longer.

As good as their 2007 Mercury Prize-nominated album, The Bairns, undoubtedly was, Here’s the Tender Coming raises the standard higher still. --Sid Smith

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I made the mistake of playing this for the first time driving to work and, by the end of track three, had tears in my eyes! Not good in fast traffic, but its a joy to listen to none the less.

This is a wonderful collection of songs, some of them actually joyful (Because He Was A Bonny Lad / Where've Yer Bin 'Dick / Betsey Bell and, in darker form, the fragment Not Much Luck In Our House) but most of them sad and profoundly moving in that they deal with life's difficulties and what's needed to address them. But that would go for both the sisters' previous records and doesn't explain why I think this is the best of the three.

To date there's always been a sense that the Unthank sisters and their band of musicians might fall into the standard "folk" trap. The one where the musical arrangements becomes stuck in a certain idea of what "real" folk music should sound like - either the idea of "authentic tradition" (which is for me what kills off so much so-called Celtic folk music) or else the "classical" idea (usually involving a lot of fancy piano playing). This new CD demonstrates that they are too canny for that and, together with Andy McNally, have found ways to use something from both approaches to make something that serves they own particular musical vision - witness the use of brass on Sad February and Nobody Knew She Was There. Above all there's a sense of each song getting the particular musical attention it deserves (rather than what a marketing man thinks will sell it) so that, rather than simply respecting the lyrics, they are brought to their full emotional life for a contemporary audience. Anyone who doubts the relevance of this kind of music should listen to carefully to the title track!

For that reason I suspect that a lot of people may find this hard going at first listen because it simply doesn't fit their idea of what "folk" should be. Please persist, its a great record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! 28 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
This made it's way onto my Xmas list after I heard "Lucky Gilchrist" on 6 Music, (oh 6 Music, where would I be without you). Wasn't quite sure whether I liked it when I heard the rest of the album, but it's a grower, and after a couple more listens it is now firmly a family favourite. My 9 year old son loves "Here's the Tender Coming" and "The Testimony of Patience Kershaw" and these beautiful songs are an education for him, really bringing these areas of history alive. My wife and I went to see their recent tour and since then this CD has been a permanent fixture in the car for her commute to work.
If you have an open mind musically then treat yourself to this. You won't regret it. We haven't.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's the Third Coming 27 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
I admit I was concerned.
Possibly the greatest musical awakening of my life was down to Rachel Unthank and the Winterset. "The Bairns" was so utterly and triumphantly eye-opening that I was anticipating any new release with equal amounts of excitement and trepidation.

It seems there is no need to worry. The creative wellspring of the Unthanks obviously runs pretty deep. They have produced another finely balanced collection of songs which both delight and inspire. Even though they now have more members and instruments contributing to the overall sound these songs still exhibit the sparse beauty of arrangement which I loved so much in "The Bairns".
Yet again Becky's voice raises the hairs on the back of my neck with alarming regularity but now this can also be triggered by the occasional introduction of a measured and sometimes superbly dischordant brass section lazily emerging from the rich soundscape and then sinking gently back behind the voices and strings.

All 13 tracks exude their own distinct charm mixing the traditional with the slightly more contemporary but none seem out of place. Tunes range between the joyous to the terribly poignant with "The Testimony of Patience Kershaw" and "Nobody Knew She Was There" being particularly affecting.
The band has been quoted as saying they didn't want to make another "Bairns" and they certainly haven't. They've created, at bare minimum, an equal, albeit a close relation, one with the same heart and soul intact which was something I foolishly doubted would ever be possible. The more I listen and the further I fall under its spell I'm beginning to think that they have in fact surpassed the impossibly high standard already set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 14 July 2010
By Kate
Format:Audio CD
I went to see the Unthanks in Dublin when they played to packed out house in April, their performance had me mesmerised and I went home thinking I must get my hands on their album. The album 'Heres the tender coming' is a masterpiece and gets better with each track. The Unthanks sisters have beautiful voices and will certainly go a long way! Highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, inspired, joyful 8 May 2010
By Joolz
Format:Audio CD
In fact it's difficult to find words to express the depth of feeling and joy that this recording brings (to say nothing of how wonderful and fun they are live); there are no imaginary villages here, this is based on real feelings (such the loss of a friend) and images inspired by a real sense of place; a modern landmark as lasting it its own way as liege and leaf was in its time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy! 24 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
we caught the Unthanks on Jools Holland and they took our breath away!!Although we live in Newcastle we don't listen to local songs and we would not pick folk music as our first choice of music.That said, this music is the most gorgeous soulful music ,music that actually brought tears to my eyes! This album has reminded us to explore every type of music and the joy the Unthanks bring to the music is so natural that it has brought genuine joy to us!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Based on one song
Bought this on the back of one track on a compilation CD. It is a curiosity album for me, some nice songs but not one I'd play lots
Published 1 month ago by I. J. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous duo
This was a present. As yet I have not heard it. I have seen them in a Festivsl. Great talent.
Published 3 months ago by Irene Frfod
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought on spec
Having read many write - ups and heard them singing live, was slightly disappointed how samey this was - perhaps it'll grow on me
Published 3 months ago by Bill Weaver
2.0 out of 5 stars Here's the tender coming
Bought for my partner as she loves close harmonies.

Cannot fault their singing per se but the choice of songs is questionable!
Published 4 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love this?
The singing is exquisite and the musical arrangements extraordinary, Actual music in an age of mediocre crap. We need more of this sort of thing.
Published 8 months ago by Herring
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful...
My first Unthanks album, probably not my last. Something about siblings singing in harmony that sometimes nudges on perfection. Excellent
Published 9 months ago by I.F.Coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album!
A really interesting and enjoyable album. I hadn't heard the Unthanks until I had a coffee in a chic cafe in Manchester, and loved the music straight away!
Published 11 months ago by Mark Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars brutally honest
great playing and recording - interesting arrangements - absolutely nothing tender about the lyrics - be warned - you'll get butchered if you're a softie - great stuff
Published 14 months ago by Boydster
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveably great!
Delivered to time and cost.
I am still very pleased with this purchase.
Can recommend this to those that love music! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steve Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk cd
Very nice easy listening cd new to these two sisters but very nice modern style songs will decently keep ears open to their other CDs
Published 14 months ago by m s davis
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