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Hill of Thieves

26 Jan 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Label: Charcoal Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 Charcoal Records
  • Total Length: 45:08
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  • ASIN: B001NVKFNC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,179 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Music Fan on 14 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
After five years experimenting with top rock and pop producers, engineers and songwriters for Warner Music, and six years of carving herself out as a Folk/Pop crossover artist with indie label Rough Trade, Cara Dillon has landed with her seminal recording, 'Hill Of Thieves'.

Having watched this artist with interest over the past couple of years, I was interested to see where exactly she was going to go from 2006's hopeful, genre hopping 'After The Morning'. Label letdowns and a lacklustre promotional campaign hindered this record's success, leaving it with an ill-deserved fate as one of those albums that Could Have Been Big.

Dillon and her musical partner and husband Sam Lakeman, let down one too many times by industry promises, clearly spent the next couple of years rethinking things and cutting free completely. Now in the driver's seat (on her own label, Charcoal Records), Cara Dillon emerges as a master of her genre with this sublime effort.

Each of the eleven songs seem at home in their sonic surroundings - whether this be on a bed of many layers of acoustic guitar (The Hill Of Thieves), between a haunting vocal and harmonic piano overtones (The Parting Glass), or carved out of the silence, acapella (Fil, Fil A Run O). Lakeman's confidence and astute judgement as a producer must not go unnoticed here.

Guest vocalist Seth Lakeman is sure to generate extra interest in the album, and he is careful here to duet with his sister-in-law, rather than compete with her, as he seemed to do when part of her live band six years previous. The result of this vocal partnership is the wonderful Spencer The Rover.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sierra Nevada on 27 Dec 2008
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This is an amazing album from Cara Dillon, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves great singing. I was fortunate to acquire it during the fall tour, and I've been playing over and over since then. Cara Dillon is one of the greatest singers that I've ever heard, period. This year of 2008 has been a great one for fans of Cara Dillon with extensive touring and the release of the the REDCASTLE SESSIONS DVD (which I HIGHLY recommend, by the way Cara Dillon - The Redcastle Sessions). Cara opens 2009 with a gem of an album. And she did all this with wee twin boys to look after!

HILL OF THIEVES is a brilliant album right from the opening title track, an original song by Cara Dillon and husband Sam Lakeman with a killer riff on low whistle that somehow manages to fit perfectly with the other songs, which are traditional. The magic of this album comes of course from Cara's singing, but also from the outstanding supporting musicians and, very importantly, the superb way in which these songs are arranged by the husband and wife team of Lakeman/Dillon. Their work makes these traditional songs so 'immediate' and 'contemporary' while preserving their timelessness. The very catchy "Spencer the Rover" is a noteworthy example of this, plus the harmonies between Cara and brother-in-law Seth Lakeman are jaw-dropping! Cara's beautiful singing to Sam Lakeman's excellent piano accompaniment in the haunting "She Moved Through The Fair" and the resplendent "The Verdant Braes of Skreen" give me goosebumps (and sometimes misty eyes). Cara's songs of emigration always get to my emotions, and "The Parting Glass" - a song that's over 300 years old - is so heartbreakingly performed.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By yarnspinner on 8 Dec 2008
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I bought this (pre-release) CD at a Cara Dillon concert in October and it's really superb. The title song is co-written by Cara and Sam Lakeman,all other tracks are traditional songs arranged by Cara and Sam. My favourite track is Spencer the Rover,but all are excellent - so much so that I've been playing it daily.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. G. Fisher on 2 Jan 2009
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I concur with the many detailed and positive responses in the other reviews on here about Cara and her husband Sam's beautifully executed album "Hill of Thieves". What may be a surprise is how many reviews there are for an album not on general release, but I bought five signed copies at a wonderful Cara Concert in Tunbridge Wells, back in November 2008, two of these crossed the Atlantic to New York and California, one went in the opposite direction to Germany and another to a mate in Uckfield, for his mother's Christmas Present. I know that two signed albums bought in California headed to Italy and England, so the word has got about just how very excellent this album really is, from Cara devotees that know her work, from Mike Harding on Radio 2 who loves this album to bits and soon all you lucky people out there will be able to buy the "Hill of Thieves" album and discover that we were all not exaggerating one little bit. Personally, my favourite track is "The Verdant Braes of Skreen" and you can check out my video of a superb live performance on YouTube, that two months on still sends tingles up my spine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curlynob TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jun 2010
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Although I've got quite a lot of folk and traditional music, this is my first Cara Dillon album. I only really became aware of her when a flyer was put through my door to inform me that she was playing at a local music festival - I thought it would be rude not to find out more. Anyway I popped onto the internet for a listen and promptly ordered myself a copy. Seldom have I heard such a clear and beautiful voice. With very little in the way of percussion, bass or backing vocals to distract, Cara's vocals are allowed to take centre stage throughout the entire album. Virtually all of the songs are traditional, with only the first track being an entirely original composition. Having said that the arrangements are not too traditional to put non folkies off, and if you were looking to start your folk music collection, I can't think of a better place to start than here.

Worthy of mention is a frankly stunning version of The Parting Glass - which may bring a tear to the eye of even the coldest hearts. Seth Lakeman joins in for backing vocals on Spencer the Rover and Sam Lakeman's piano playing throughout is beautifully moderated. Also worthy of note is Track 7, She Moved Through the Fair which listeners might recognise as the traditional song behind Belfast Child by Simple Minds.
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