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14 Mar. 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 14 Mar. 2011
  • Release Date: 14 Mar. 2011
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2011 RabbleRouser Music under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2011 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 49:38
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  • ASIN: B004SFF7RO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,781 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2011
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Quite how the Unthanks have managed it is anyone's guess but with their fourth and latest album "Last" they have recorded a work of stark beauty and huge maturity which tops all their previous work. The latter statement is not made lightly since many will argue that the "The Bairns" is a beautifully bleak treat and cannot be surpassed, while their last album "Here's the tender coming" saw the band produce a record which was so good it was almost obscene. Their unsentimental and honest takes on a range of traditional and new material has generated huge excitement around British folk and their crossover appeal is potentially massive with their take on traditional songs like "Annachie Gordon" or Ewan MacColl's "Nobody knew she was there" spine tingling in their mix of gritty Northumberland vocal phrasing and neo classical arrangements.

At the heart of the Unthanks vision is an ability to take just about any song and infuse it with either a deep folk melancholy or alternatively give it a new sheen, which essentially reinvents the original concept. There is neither any jumping on the nu-folk bandwagon for these musicians, indeed the word "uncompromising" often creeps into parlance when discussing the band, although perish the thought if that suggests a lack of accessibility or warmth. Far from it, as the huskiness in the voices of Rachel and Becky are beguiling and completely affecting and with their superb band they have produced in "Last" a reflective and world beating set of songs that draws you like a moth to a flame.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Wallace on 13 Mar. 2011
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This is one of those albums that has to be listened to a few times to be fully appreciated.
Terrific vocals from the two ladies, sophisticated arrangements and superb musicianship all come together to create a haunting - if at times bleak - sound scape.
It's hard to single out individual tracks, as this work needs to listened to as a whole, but their cover of Tom Waits' No One Knows I'm Gone is stunning as is Starless, a King Crimson song I have not previously heard. Listen out for the trumpet on this track. Beautiful. The centrepiece and one of the highlights of the album has to be the title track, Last, almost at times Pink Floyd-esque in it's arrangement.
I love the way they sing in their native Northumbrian accent, it adds to the overall haunting quality of the album.
Superb, but give it time to grow on you. It will.
Let's hope that this album brings them the massive crossover success they deserve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Venture on 5 Aug. 2011
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In create something special, you have to do something different. The Unthanks have already gained the plaudits and praise of the folk cognescenti with their previous outtings. 'Last' could have been, and no one would have blamed them for producing, a similar album to Bairns. But with the maturity and ability of the band now, we have been treated to a collection of tunes that hold together perfectly - this is truly an 'album', designed to be listened to from first to last in one sitting. It's like looking through a collection of sepia-tinted photographs, every turn of the page revealing a little more heart-break and history. That's not to say it's a concept album - don't get carried away by the inclusion of a King Crimson song!

Melancolic but never morose, nostalgic without being twee and bare but not stark, Rachel and Becky's voice have been treated to the most sympathetic production and arrangement. It's actually the non-traditional songs that stand above and act as furlong-posts as you listen. Starless is a wonderful melody which despite getting the attention from reviewers would sound great no matter who covered it but it's the eponymous track that picks you up and sweeps you away into the sensory land of the Unthanks. The traditional instrumentation and voices sits so perfectly with the non-traditional lyrics and arrangement - you almost feel that the band have created a whole new genre of popular music - this is the 'something different' they have done to make 'Last' so special. And it is to be found in every song. King Crimson cover or not, this music IS progressive.

The next album will be so difficult for The Unthanks - surely they must pick some less melancolic material but how will they continue to approach it with the sensitivity and freshness that we find here.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo27 on 14 Mar. 2011
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Sad, sorrowful, mournful, bleak and almost indescribably beautiful, this is a sepia-toned and autumnal body of work perhaps better suited to an October release than being unleashed just as the days are getting noticeably longer and warmer, but no matter - it's an album for all seasons.

Unlike its notable predecessor "Here's The Tender Coming", there's no up-tempo romp here to mitigate the pervading sense of gloom, but on reflection that kind of interruption would probably have been inappropriate, and might simply have broken the spell.

Without dismissing in any way some very fine original songwriting and arrangements, it is the two surprising cover choices that threaten to steal the show. The emotionally-charged treatment of Tom Waits' "No One Knows I've Gone" is genuinely jaw-dropping; the shortest track on the record, it's a real "hairs on the back of your neck" moment. Likewise, a stunning arrangement of King Crimson's prog-rock classic "Starless" (minus the prog) is destined to live long in the memory. A special record.
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