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Oxengate [Explicit]

29 April 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2007
  • Label: Snowstorm
  • Copyright: (c) 2007 Snowstorm
  • Total Length: 43:51
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B0028H4NB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,601 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Candidate are a band who seem to foster grateful appreciation whenever I hear them mentioned .I have been ignorant of their work until this album , their fifth , and its surpassingly accessible mixture of folk and pop will, I feel , alienate as many listeners as it does have them singing their praises .It all skirts too close to MOR for many a palette I would judge but what s wrong with MOR when it's done with poise, restraint and intelligence. "Rumours" is the most shamelessly MOR album ever , at least aurally, yet I would rather listen to that for the 500th time than most of the tiresome indie dross that is so prevalent nowadays.
By now you will have perceived that Oxengate is a slightly gaudy and melodious collection of sixteen tracks that sometimes mesh pastoral folk tinged whimsy with more effusive choral pop songs . These are tinged with fragments of field recordings -water gurgling , birds twittering ,that sort of thing- and more fragmentary sketches that recall hymns and all round the piano sing-a-longs.
Occasionally Oxengate will drift into a blue sky reverie like the last third of "Marie Alexander" where guest vocalist Alex Donahue ,s multi-tracked vocal backing soars like the vocals on Pink Floyds "Great Gig In The Sky" . Mostly though it's Joel Morris , one third of Candidate , whose voice symbolizes the album. Its s pleasant unremarkable tool but is powerful to really carry a song when it has to and on the more vociferous straight up pop tracks like "Furlough" , the insanely catchy "(Going Back To) Amsterdam" and "Harryhausen" his voice glides like an ice cream pedalo.
The songs are mostly framed in glistening acoustic and electric guitars with occasional banjo, organ , Wurlitzer or accordion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonners on 16 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's difficult to rate Candidate properly on your first few listens: they're one of those bands where songs you initially overlooked around suddenly reveal themselves to be little masterpieces of constrained emotion, like tiny ships in bottles that suddenly unfurl their sails.

So, it's difficult to tell which songs on Oxengate will turn out to be the eventual winners in a strong field. 'Furlough' opens with some delicious humming that gently introduces a strong song with a strong story. 'Going Back to Amsterdam' is yet another entry in Candidate's catalogue of songs that swoop on wings of sumptuous harmonising. 'Marie Alexander' is another pretty song with plenty of legs. The list goes on.

Like 'Nuada', the album is interspersed with folky instrumental interludes, but between times it's a more varied journey this time round. Don't forget the notably maturing lyrics too: 'Harryhausen' colonises the previously unknown shores of the film geek/love song mash-up with a clever and quite lovely extended metaphor, almost as if John Donne had grown up on a diet of stop-motion epics before joining Pentangle.

'Oxengate' is a big, full album. Like a proper old-fashioned humbug, it will last you absolutely ages and make you feel all warm inside even when the world's cold.
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I caught this album purely on the strength of an online review, bought it, online obviously, and became totally entranced.
I've been brought up on the wonderful Fairport Convention, yeah...a pure folkie. Make no mistake, these guys are the future of modern folk....no fiddles, just delightful lyrics and absolutely fantastic musicianship. I honestly can't recommend them enough. Talent to die for, music to chill to. This is there best album, by a mile. Let's hope it isn't there last. Long Live English Folk! Here we have it!!!!
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