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Hourglass [CD]

Kate Rusby Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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‘Everybody loves and respects Kate Rusby, not just for her lovely voice, but for the way she has moved folk forward while remaining true to tradition…’
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“ …. exquisite interpretations of traditional material from the pocket sized folk singer with the heartbreakingly tremulous voice and bawdy Yorkshire wit”
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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Pure Records
  • ASIN: B0000081UJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Folk music seems simple, and many pretenders pull into town with little more than a presentable voice and a handful of beginner guitar chords. Much more infrequently, performers come along with basically the same constituent parts but through the sheer force of their artistry and integrity are able to use these simple elements to communicate whole lifetimes of experience. Such a performer is youthful Kate Rusby, who sings with the focus and depth one usually associates with the graceful compensations of age. Her crystal-clear voice (reminiscent in turns of Linda Thompson and Sandy Denny) rings out from the first cut. Rusby's assured delivery is dappled with small, unmasked idiosyncrasies that add emotional immediacy. Meanwhile, the all-acoustic presentation is inventive but never slick or overwhelming. Hourglass announces an important new light in the traditional British folk scene. --Anthony Bonet

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful songwriting, haunting voice 10 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first encountered Kate Rusby in an interview in a guitar magazine, and, as she is shortly to visit Morecambe, thought I would purchase a CD before purchasing a concert ticket. Reviews on this Amazon site made choosing difficult, but in the end I opted for this one.
As other reviewers have commented, Kate Rusby's voice is delightful, with a lovely natural sound. Especially winsome is her refusal to mask her Yorkshire accent, and as a fellow notherner I like to hear "mother" pronounced as "mutha", "love" as "luv" and so on! And the voicing is lovely too; listen to the magical voicing of the word "rode" in the lines "..she rode through fields of barley, and she rode through fields of corn.." on "Rose in April."
In the interview I read, Kate Rusby said she considers herself a singer rather than a songwriter. I agree with another reviewer who thinks "Hourglass" is the best song on the album. Besides THAT haunting voice, there is some lovely imagery of "Old Man Time" whose hourglass for Kate seems to have less sand than most people's, causing Kate to wonder if God didn't give him all her sand, or whether hers has been shared with someone else, or washed away, and to wonder if she brought some in a sack, perhaps he'd give some back. Marvellous!
The CD is a mixture of originals, traditional, and traditional lyrics adapted or put to original tunes. The arrangements are very tastefully done, too, with all of the (variety of) instruments adding to the sound without encroaching on it. In the interview I read, Kate expressed a preference for sad songs - plenty of those here! I haven't exposed myself to "traditional" folk music for quite a while, this could now change. I can't wait for the concert, and intend purchasing her other CDs.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be moved 12 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Kate Rusby has a honey rich mezzo voice, and she has gathered around her a group of subtle, sympathetic and tasteful musicians. She has here recorded a set of songs and tunes which combine the cream of the folk tradition with her own lyrical compositions. Those are the bald facts - and they they do not begin to describe what an absolute joy this CD is. I have already saved a place in my choice for Desert Island Discs (well, we can all dream) for the heartbreakingly beautiful Annan Waters, which features some delicately underplayed piano from Kate, and I have been forced to reconsider my view that nothing more could be done with the shanty Bold Riley. But the list of gems does not end there; her voice descends to a sensual contralto for the seriously mellifluous As I Roved Out, and she adopts a lighter mood for the jazzy waltz Radio Sweethearts. I could go on; there is not a weak track on this CD. Buy it; it will move you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 21 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Kate's first album is her at her best, and I cannot stop listening to it, particularly Old Man Time which has to be her best ever song. I would tell everyone to buy this album if I could. Even people who hate folk cannot fail to fall under the spell of Kate's clear voice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hourglass 1 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was my first exposure to the fantastic talents of Kate Rusby and although I have expanded my collection of her albums to include later material, this, her first album, will always have a special place in my CD collection.
As others have commented her, Kate's voice is her finest tool and she uses it with accomplished skill. Neither perfect in pitch or tone and heavily northerly accented you would expect such a combination not to work, but it is this very "honesty" about her voice which works so very well, whether singing in mournful lower tones or stretching to the limits of the higher ranges it carries the listener on an emotional roller coaster ride.
The songs themselves are a wonderful mix of traditional folk, whether that is joyful tunes about working life (Jolly Ploughboys) or fireside tales (Sir Eglamore) or darker mournful ballads about lost love (Annan Waters) or even forbidden love (Rose in April). But there's also place for tales of more modern love (Radio Sweethearts) or a contemporary view of the passage of time (Old Man Time)
The musical accompaniment is wonderfully understated, after all it's Kate's voice that is the star, but when the soaring fiddle work powers in, (Annan Waters for example) it is simply sublime.
Album favourites for me include the dark humour of Old Man Time, the clap-along saga of Drowned Lovers and the honest workmen's anthem of Jolly Ploughmen.
If you haven't discovered Kate yet, or have only hear her more recent output make this your next "must have" CD purchase!
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As of 9.2.2000 she is the Radio Two Folk Artist of the year and was also awarded R2 Folk Album of the Year for her second album "Sleepless". But this is where it all started - a debut album of grace, innocence and purity. Ackowledging her sources she cites among others Nic Jones and Jim McGeehan as influences, but nothing is derivative - it all comes up newly-minted and fresh. Try "Drowned lovers" or "Bold Riley" and you'll see what I mean. Her voice is like a Sistine chapel angel, but with a touch of Barnsley to earth it in the real world. When she sings of doomed love you weep for the loss of the lovers (Annan Waters) and when she sings of the dignity of labour you believe in arcadia (Jolly Ploughboys). Mercury-nominated last year and finally rewarded at the R2 ceremony this year, she is as fresh as paint and as graceful as Markova. Buy, but invest in a hankie as well and weep at the artless gamin's tenderness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely CD with great music to listen or sing along with
A lovely CD with great music to listen or sing along with. Very easy on the ear and the words are interesting.
Good folk music.
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Published 2 months ago by sandra best
5.0 out of 5 stars Hourglass- great entertainment .
A lovely folk CD. I haven't stopped listening to this since it arrived. Beautiful voice and lovely lyrics. Would highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Dr. S. K. Mohajer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SINGER
I hadn't heard of this artist before and I was not dissipated with the singer at all she sings so sweetly and so softly you can listen to it on your iPhone iPod ipad any where and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. A. Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars kate at her best
For those die hard fans of Kate Rusby this is a delightful album wistful, amusing and lyrical and for those who are not yet fans - this is an album to savour and enjoy. Read more
Published 17 months ago by peter upton
4.0 out of 5 stars prezzy
Gave the item as a prezzy the recipient says that he likes it so it must be good and rate a 4 star
Published 22 months ago by Lionel Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Accidental discovery
I had not heard Ms Rusby's voice until recently. It is wonderfully distinctive but for me it is like honey, a spoonful is good but not the jar. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Saint George
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to listen to
I only became aware of Kate's music a couple of months ago, so I am busy catching up on what I missed. I thoroughly enjoyed all the songs.
Published on 26 July 2012 by Oakwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As ever, Kate's voice is wonderfully soothing and her musicians brilliant. If you have never seen her perform live, though, you are missing a real treat - Kate and the band are... Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Karen Garnett
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