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My Secret is My Silence

5 Dec 2011

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  • Label: Pure Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Pure Records
  • Total Length: 43:44
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  • ASIN: B0068JZGOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,711 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Lloyd-Rogers on 28 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have always thought of Roddy as a kind of musical equivalent of the observational comedian. His lyrics seem to perfectly capture little elements of the world around us that are so easy to overlook but that can be infinitely interesting. This album gives me that feeling you get, when travelling, of opening your eyes and really seeing everything around you.

Musically it is beautiful and accomplished. In todays music scene where many artists try too hard to be just like one of the fans, it is refreshing to hear an album where the artist is saying "look what i've learnt and look what I can do".
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. MCCORMICK on 22 July 2006
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I've been fortunate to have this album for a month or so now. Other CDs have come and gone during that time but this is still getting regular outings.

This is a side project from the Idlewild lead singer who has put this record together with help from friends, including Rod Jones from Idlewild and two folk stars in their own right Karine Polwart and Kate Rusby, while another of the Idlewild band members took a break to enjoy fatherhood.

The CD has an enjoyable mix of folk songs and Idlewild style songs with a more folky instrumentation than would be normal for the Scottish rockers.

Stand out tracks include the ballad and title track "My secret is my silence" - co-written by Rusby's husband John McCusker who also produced the album. Polwart lends her vocals to this track and with McCusker's violin the three conjure up a melancholic though enchanting sound on this track.

Another is Track 2 "As still as I watch your grave". An example of an Idlewild-like song which builds to a delicious toe-tapping conclusion reminiscent of the Kate Rusby band live - and it's no coincidence then that you find KR band members McCusker, Andy Cutting, Ian Carr and Michael McGoldrick all featuring on this and other tracks.

Finally, "If I could name any name" has all the hallmarks of a Polwart song in its intelligent lyrics and simple melody. Woomble and Polwart should do more together - their voices just work together to bring a song to life. They sang this at a Celtic Connections gig in Glasgow earlier this year and you'll be singing along too after a listen or two.

So, if you're an Idlewild fan looking for something more pared back or a fan of Rusby or Polwart's work then you shouldn't hesitate to add this to your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Tweedie on 28 Nov. 2006
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I had just heard the new Idlewild single on the net, when I discovered Roddy Woomble had a solo album out. Heard a few samples from it, thought it was worth a go, and I'm glad I got it.

It still has some of the melodies reminiscent of Idlewild's songs, but it's much more diverse. I love the folk feel to it - and the stand out tracks for me are "As Still As I Watch Your Grave" - this is where the Idlewild influence can be heard, "Waverley Steps" - I love the female vocals in this, "Under My Breath" - my personal favourite, very atmospheric opening guitars.

This album will probably remain forever a hidden gem, but if you discover it you'll be able to treasure it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2012
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The British folk scene is incredibly strong at the moment. We have the populist freneticism of Mumford and Sons, the eclectic and adsorbing Bellowhead and luminaries such as Seth Lakeman and Spiers and Boden making a strong impression with their traditional stylings. Much as I love these artists work, I would argue that some of the most sublime records coming out at the moment hail from the North of England and Scotland, and this offering from one of Scotland's finest is one of the picks of the crop.

It's that style of music, Celtic rhyhms, gentle guitars, Gaelic fiddle work, gorgeous vocals, that instantly conjures up images of glens and moors shrouded in morning mist as lonesome lovers wander through singing of their heartbreak.

The song writing has a maturity to it that really grabs the attention. Roddy has a real feel for a good lyric, writing songs of loss and regret or joy and happiness that we can all relate to. And the music - oh the music. It has such depth. It truly is a thing of beauty. The vocals are sweet and perfectly deliver their message.

I was lucky enough to see Roddy in concert in York the other day. On stage he comes across as a really nice guy, and I can recommend going to see him live. He played an old Idlewild track, and I have to say it struck me immediately that in the middle of his more recent material the older stuff had a certain feeling of naivety to it - it really emphasised how much he has grown and matured both as a writer and as a performer. He also spoke of his respect for the late and sadly missed Bert Jansch, and I would have to say in all honesty that Roddy comes close to being a modern day equivalent in my eyes.

This album really is gorgeous. 5 stars.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By I. Wilson on 5 Sept. 2006
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My wife and I have not listened to a more perfect album for many years that has such wonderful influences from the Fairports to ISB. Woombles voice is warm and sensitive. The music is sophisticated and predominately folk with a slight indie influence. The words conjure a romantic vision of the sea and waves and wind.
Q gave it one star. I will never buy the mag again. This will enrich any serious music lovers collections. Well done Roddy!
We've played it over and over and it still remains fresh.
One of the best folk albums this year.
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