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Matachin (Red LP + Bonus CD) [VINYL] [Limited Edition]

Bellowhead Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (22 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Navigator Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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LIMITED DELUXE LP (with free CD album insert) 500 limited edition.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matachin 24 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Fun, lively, sinister; pure Bellowhead. This is a wonderful album that really shows how the band has developed since Burlesque. Burlesque was good, but at times it felt like 'the Spiers and Boden band' rather than showing Bellowhead up in all its glory. Matachin rectifies this in style. The arrangements are well thought out and the ensemble is top notch, and full of the band's trademark quirkiness. I challenge you to keep still!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By cerrig
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have an ear each side of your head rather than a collection of labels, prejudices and musical anxieties, if your spirit is actually moved by music, if you got (any) rhythm, if you've heard/seen them live or haven't and wish their tour schedule was wider and longer, if ... hang on. Why are you still reading this? Try a few sample bits off iTunes or whatever and then buy the CD. You'll see it's not "just" folk yet grows from the tradition, and it doesn't mess folk up merely to be trendy. It's music with bottom and also plenty of top, bursting at the seams yet carefully considered and controlled, it tells stories but it doesn't ramble on with its finger in its ear, it can fight you and it can soothe you, it's highly entertaining and unexpected, it has real integrity it's...unique.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but less bounce per ounce.... 23 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
I love Bellowhead in a slightly unhealthy, groupie-like way - because they are not what I think of as traditional folk, but an altogether bouncier and more inspirational form of music (meaning no offence to die-hard folkies). The band themselves, of course, are knee-deep in the knowledge and tradition of British Folk - and it shows more clearly on this album than on Burlesque. Songs like Fakenham Fair and the others here will appeal strongly to the trad folk fans as well as the hardened Bellowhead-heads; but are slightly less foot-tapping than you might expect. The production also seems a little unbalanced, drowning Jon Boden's voice a little on those tracks where the narrative is especially important. For those likely to be disappointed by that, get the album on iTunes where there seems to be a funky extra track, Unclothed Nocturnal Manuscript Crisis, that doesn't appear on the CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Burlesque 21 Jan 2009
By Huck Flynn VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Matachin suffers, IMHO, from too many cooks. Where Burlesque was very strongly directed by Spiers and Boden, this one seems to be a truly democratic and communal offering and as a result ends up just muddled at times. Pity, because the opener Fakenham Fair is as good as anything you'll ever hear. Stunning musicianship and harmonies, brass, strings and rhythm re-energizing a tuneful old folk song. Thereafter the song choice is not as consistently strong. Roll Her Down The Bay is repetitive and boring, Cholera Camp too long and meandering, Spectre Review and Widow's Curse unexceptional and cluttered, and the half minute Vignettes fairly pointless. In the other stronger moments, I Drew My Ship, Bruton Town and Trip to Bucharest, the arrangements seem more focused but the album lacks the lingering, catchy melodies of its predecessor and I suspect, sadly, that I won't listen to it very often. Another point, in terms of mixing and arrangement, Jon Boden's voice is often overpowered, and sometimes the original rhythm or theme of the track is lost amidst the complex counter orchestration, where less might be more. Unlike Burlesque then, Matachin veers perilously close to becoming a hybrid musical form and losing touch with its folk roots. It is perhaps trying to be just a bit too clever, but my feeling is that the material chosen isn't strong enough to support the huge weight of instrumentation and ideas. Still very good, mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The excellent CD booklet that comes with this CD informs us that the name Matachin is enigmatic and of uncertain origin .Originally thought to be Arabic and derived from the word mutawajjihin meaning "mask-wearer" though now it is considered to derive from the Italian mattaccino the diminutive of the meaning matto -mad or fool. This is more apt for this 11 piece band have a certain barmy frisson . There is also a hypothesis that the name comes from an old Spanish sword dance ! This album could make you dance though I suspect it will make your head spin and your knees pop out of their sockets if you do .
Bellowhead are for the uninitiated, which until listening to Matachin I was, like a burlesque collision between a folk band and a big band . The music is expansive and fervently expressive with cello, fiddle, violin, trumpet , trombone, oboe, pipes, mandolin, banjo , concertina and avid percussion. There are elements of jazz, music hall , cabaret, mariachi , traditional folk and it's all done with a playful vigour that doesn't subtract from the wonderfully individual performances.
That booklet also helpfully explains the origin of each song excluding the three short instrumental vignettes dubbed helpfully Vignette one , two , three. To be honest the album wouldn't lose anything if these hadn't been included. However the same cannot be said of tracks like "Widows Curse" a traditional song arranged by Pete Flood with emphatic burgeoning strings and a terrific twittering oboe. Or of "Kafoozalum/The Priests Miss" which again is a trad song arranged by the band and is so completely barmy it would make Jeremy Paxman jig. "Roll Her Down The Bay " a shanty arranged by Pete Flood seems a touch incoherent and slapdash but is actually cleverly arranged .
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5.0 out of 5 stars No need to Bellow
Ecllnt music, adds a new dimension to folk, equally bst live act I've seen in 30 odd years (other on was Slade in their pomp!)
Published 4 months ago by Biffo
5.0 out of 5 stars see my review of Hedonism
Bellowhead are great on album, but are probably the best live band touring at the moment.
Only buy this if you cannot get to see them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the best
Excellent but still can't fathom why they are not why they are not more widely followed, go and see them
Published 13 months ago by papert
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed it first time around
Thought I had all the Bellowhead albums until I realised I'd missed their second studio album, so listening to this on the back of their most recent album Broadside, I was a little... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Christodoulou
4.0 out of 5 stars There's lovely!
My personal favourite of the band's offerings. A number of superb tracks. Marginally experimental but not unlistenable. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chippee Hackee
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any music fan
Bought this CD after watching Bellowhead perform Whiskey is the Life of Man on Jools Holland. This is definitely for me the stand out track on the album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by david a campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay!!
Yay!! This is a classic Bellowhead album: foot stomping contemporary folk, but elegantly musical. A must buy in my opinion, but go check it out for yourself.
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by Jay Doubleu
4.0 out of 5 stars Matachin
Really like the styles of folk rock that Bellowhead have produced on this album. Appreciate the information given with the CD on the origins of each song. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2011 by Mrs. L. M. Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Catching tunes!
We first heard this song on Tel. and enjoyed the tune, so we looked for the CD of the band. However, was a bit disappointed by the quality of the production. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by R. Woodhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly suprised
Having seen Bellowhead on the Jools Holland show, I instantly liked them, but wasn't
sure about buying a complete album. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by Rothko
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