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Not the Tremblin Kind [Import]

Laura Cantrell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Diesel Only
  • ASIN: B00004XSYT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Not The Tremblin' Kind
2. Little Bit Of You
3. Queen Of The Coast
4. Pile Of Woe
5. Two Seconds
6. Churches Off The Interstate
7. The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter
8. Do You Ever Think Of Me
9. Big Wheel
10. My Heart Goes Out To You
11. Somewhere, Some Night
12. The Way It Is

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An assured, sublime debut. 29 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful album. Laura's delivery is fragile, measured and emotionally devastating. The songs are filled with longing and regret, great sympathy and heart-wrenching honesty. The backing is sometimes jaunty, with a country twang, at other times it is hushed as for a lullabye. Fans of The Arlenes, Lucinda Williams and Damien Jurado will love it. I strongly reccommend it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankyou John :o) - Robin from Norfolk 1 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
Yet another in the long list of artists I may never have heard of if it wasn't for Sir John of Peel, this is one of the most beautiful albums I too have heard. My personal favourite is Laura's cover of Amy Allison's "The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter". Having had the privilege of seeing Laura in concert makes this song, album & memories of Peelie even sweeter (pardon the pun).
Flawless musicianship, singing & songwriting throughout, this album is a pure gem. One of those albums that I wish I could give more than 5 stars to. Be also re-assured (as if it were needed) that her other material is also of the same high quality (When The Roses Bloom Again; The Hello Recordings).
So with glass of red wine raised, I say "Cheers John!" :o)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditto. Thank you John Peel 7 Mar 2006
By David Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
John Peel was famed for unleashing ground-breaking acts on the music listening public that could sometimes go a little close to the bone. I´d like to think that regular listeners to his show remember that he had a little soft spot for female vocalists, especially when they sing as beautifully as this.
I was immediately struck by the frail purity of Laura Cantrell´s voice when I heard her on the show. "Not the tremblin kind," is a beautifully worded opener and it illustrates Laura´s beautifully understated singing style. "Little bit of you," carries on in the same fashion, again her voice is beautifully wistful.
My favourite track on the album has to be,"two seconds." I just love this song, the lyrics are so simple and the backing vocalist helps build the track really nicely, I feel strangely moved by the chorus.
Upbeat numbers like,"do you ever think of me," make me feel really happy, I can´t resist tapping my feet or humming along.
This is fine record. I´m not going to lie. I would never have bought this if I hadn´t heard her on Peel´s show. But then, so what? I´ll be buying all her other records too.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 20 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A great pop country album. Wonderfully tuneful, Laura's melancholy voice is perfectly suited to this sort of album. I particularaly like "Two Seconds" and "Queen of the Coast". Proof that country isn't all Cowboy hats and truck driving. Buy more copies Amazon, so we don't have to wait over-long for such fantasic albums!!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No-frills Americana 6 Jan 2005
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Although Laura Cantrell comes from Nashville, she is as far removed musically from rhinestone cowboys and saccharin strings as she is geographically, based as she is in Brooklyn NY. This is no-frills Americana country music, following in the wake of the Byrds and Emmylou, and is a gem of a record.
Laura modestly includes only four of her own songs on the album, though two of them are the highlights of the album for me, Churches Off The Interstate and Queen Of The Coast (no. 42 in the John Peel 2000 Festive 50), the latter said to be about Bonnie Owens, the yodelling country star who married Merle Haggard and took to the sidelines as his career took off. This album is about the songs, and many were discovered by Laura through her WMFU show Radio Thrift Shop, which she has broadcast from Jersey City NJ since 1993, and from friends and neighbours who are performers. The record has provided a platform for relatively unknown singers and writers, much as Emmylou Harris records have.
Not The Tremblin' Kind was written by George Usher, who had been in the Ministers Of Sound and in an earlier Minneapolis band called Beat Rodeo in the mid-eighties. Another member of Beat Rodeo was Dan Prater, who wrote Do You Ever Think Of Me, and was to play on Laura's next album. Joe Flood, who wrote Pile Of Woe, was in Mumbo Gumbo, while Two Seconds was a cover of Michigan band the Volebeats, and written by their singer Bob McCreedy. Laura's version made no. 27 in the Festive 50 in 2000. The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter comes from a well-regarded album by Amy Allison, daughter of Mose Allison, and Somewhere, Some Night is the work of Carl Montgomery, brother of Melba and Earl "Peanut" Montgomery, and co-writer of Six Days On The Road - a song I'd like to hear Laura Cantrell tackle.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improves with age 13 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like many others, I discovered this singer via the Peel tribute album. Most of the songs are sad and melancholic, but achingly beautiful in manner of Hank Williams classics. Particularly moving are Not the Tremblin Kind, Two Seconds, Whiskey Makes You Sweeter and Do you Ever Think of Me. Worth buying for these songs alone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great record by any standards and in any age 25 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
As I imagine most people in England did, I got to know about this album via John Peel. There were 3 or 4 Laura Cantrell songs in the Festive Fifty in 2000 and I thought that they were the highlights of that year's fifty.

It was sort of consistent with the theory I'd had, having listened to the Festive Fifty since the mid 80's, that if you got someone in it who wasn't a longstanding `Peel band' (e.g. the Fall, Wedding Present), wasn't a bit of novelty type band (e.g. Half Man Half Biscuit - and don't get me wrong, Half Man Half Biscuit are a top band), wasn't notably `extreme', or fashionable - in other words there was nothing to hang a liking for the music around, then they were likely to be top-draw. The best other example I can think of would be Dreadzone in 1995.

This theory is particularly apt with Not the Tremblin' Kind, as it's the most understated truly great album I've ever heard. Not just that it's fairly sparse in production terms - it's not that far away from what 3 or 4 people could play live in a studio. After all Robert Johnson just had an acoustic guitar, for example. But also because none of the emotion - and there's an awful lot of emotion in this album - is ever really pushed.

I've just written that it's understated, which I suppose you could say it is, compared to most music. But I'm going to directly contradict myself straight away, as understated is not really accurate. What it sounds like is someone singing the songs straight, not trying to underplay anything but understanding, feeling all there is in the song - in life. And here, perhaps, is the elemental quality that Peel was alluding to when he compared listening to Laura Cantrell to listening to Roy Orbison decades earlier.

As another (no doubt seemingly bizarre !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell Laura I love her
This was Laura Cantrell`s debut album, and as such gave notice of a rare talent and a refreshingly unfussy voice among the pop-country sisterhood, being a younger, no less exalted... Read more
Published 12 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant cd - can't stop playing it, her voice is so good. All the tracks are just fantastic - can't rate high enough.
Published 13 months ago by Pauline Rychlewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Debut
Laura Cantrell is a distinctive voice and songwriter in a crowded field. She also picks good songs from other writers. Read more
Published 17 months ago by lonniej
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal kind ?
Like most people I heard this first via the late and great John peel I remember the times when you would decide that his latest offering would have you shaking your head and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andy
3.0 out of 5 stars country music
I keep being drawn back to C&W , and enjoy it ,in bursts. This is good music to be enjoyed in a relaxed state.
Published 20 months ago by easyreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Laura trembles
After happening across "Humming by the flowered vine" and falling in love with it, I gave this a try. Read more
Published 24 months ago by BernieU
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat in store
I first heard Laura Cantrell on the late John Peel show what a recommendation! Well I now have all the cd's and cannot find fault with any of them. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by Jose Bueno
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I whish I could say something positive about this record.
I can't. She has absolutely no voice and the music is crap.
Published on 12 May 2008 by E. Larsen
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