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There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B0007ULLQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Long considered one of the world's best acoustic and slide guitarists, both technically and artisically, Martin Simpson is also one of the most highly motivated and ambitious career oriented artists currently operating in folk and acoustic music. His maturity and self-possession in both his playing and singing are at an all time high and his music just keeps going from strength to strength. This BBC Folk Awards nominated release from 2005 now available at mid-price.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dominic L. Brown on 17 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've reviewed a few other Martin Simpson albums - every one I own to be specific, because I think he's great! If you had read any of my other reviews you'd have seen me batting on about how wonderful a musician he is, and how flawless his guitar technique is and how he is one of the truest and most knowledgable interpreters of the traditional music he obviously loves and so on...

That said (and it does bear repeating), the reason I love this album so much is that it really gets to me! Whenever I put it on I find myself drawn in and my emotions move with the stories of love, adventure, betrayal and death so expertly told here.

My favourite at the moment is the haunting "Flying Cloud" which ALWAYS moistens my eye. It's about a young man who goes to sea, ending up on the crew of a notorious pirate ship, and the song is written while he waits to hang for his crimes. His memories of the vibrant life he led and the terrible things he saw and sometimes did are simply stunning, and Martin Simpson's interpretation is perfect. It's not often I get mushy over anything, being 6'6" and 18 stone, and moving pianos for a living like I do, but it gets me every time.

Other favourites include "Love Henry", a simple joyful tune, with a tragic twist. "Clerk Sanders" is a devastating 9 minute epic, featuring some exquisite guitar, and some incredibly powerful lyrics - I have heard it many times, and the first few notes of the introduction send shivers down my spine imagining the dark story that will soon unfold - it is a superb track, and my favourite version of the tune by far. "The Cruel Brother" is another standout tune.

I am not sure that "non-folkies" will be converted by a record like this, but for fans of honest, powerful music from the heart, it is an absolute must! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N2Peach on 4 Sept. 2007
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I am new to Simpson's work but this disc is one of the finest I have heard in any genre. If your view of folk is earnest men with earnest beards then prepare to wipe the slate clean. Simpson's voice and arrangements of these traditional songs is unbelievably moving, it would bring tears to a glass eye. If you have always found folk sterile music then this will convince you otherwise. Open your mind and this will be one of the finest recordings in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Hardy fan on 25 Oct. 2010
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I am a big fan of Martin Simpson, and Kind Letters is way up among my favourites.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Callick on 6 Aug. 2007
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Yes, it's beautifully played and there are some great songs, but I found myself exhausted by it all. So much, er, guitar-playing, simply. Every phrase of each song is decorated by little guitar fills and passing notes. Nothing is left alone to speak for itself. It's like jolly nice ingredients being covered in rich and complicated sauces. And another thing: I do wonder why every track has to be recorded using, I guess, brand new guitar strings. He seems to do this on other albums too. It gives the music a silvery sheen and sustain which just isn't that nice, really. And they then add to this by upping the reverb in the mix. What's wrong with keeping it all plain?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Better with every album 28 Aug. 2007
By E. Talerico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Kind Letters
When I first saw Martin play nearly 20 years ago he was the best I'd ever seen
and I thought he couldn't possibly get any better. Boy was I wrong! Each new
album leaves its predecessors in the dust! "Kind Letters" is fantastic. Don't miss it!
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