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18 Sep 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Sep 2011
  • Label: Topic
  • Copyright: 2011 Topic Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 46:09
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  • ASIN: B005EVWVRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,862 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Egan on 19 Sep 2011
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This is a great album by accomplished musicians. It is majestic and moving, a tremendous achievement.The band creates all that is best in folk-rock. June Tabor sings the best she ever has. The choice of songs is impeccable, from Scots ballads (complete with glossary of words translated), to modern popular hits, given a glorious arrangement e.g. "Love will tear us apart" and "At the dark end of the street". The traditional ballads are sung with reverence but also with powerful energy, my favourites being, "Son David", and " The Leaves of Life".But all the tracks are there on merit, not a filler to be heard. There's a well designed leaflet, giving all the words of traditional ballads with credits as to where collected and from which singer.The whole CD cover is beautifully designed too.Go out and get it, make it a massive hit. Very highly recommended.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sep 2011
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Having seen June Tabor and Oysterband in concert most recently, where they were playing several songs, which they said they were playing for the first time live (bet they said that to all their fans in recent concerts!) and which were previews from what would be on this album, I've been impatiently counting the days down till the release. And it's been well worth that wait!

I went to that concert because of Tabor, but have now been seduced by Oysterband as well. Tabor's dark, brooding voice still reaches most deeply and soulfully I think on the very simply accompanied The Hills Of Shiloh, and/but she is equally at home as chanteuse with the driving rhythms of Oysterband, and a more folk rock fusion. From the exciting opening track Bonny Bunch Of Roses the listener is taken unstoppably through Tabor and Oysterband's John Jones duetting on Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart and Son David.

It's probably wrong to expect a studio album to quite reach the excitement of a live concert, but Jones' voice seems a touch more exposed, on piano high notes in the studio, against Tabor's powerful, but never straining vocals, specifically on Love Will Tear Us Apart.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris G on 20 Sep 2011
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I always thought that the collaboration between June Tabor and The Oysterband (there was a previous album many a year ago)was a strange one but strange partnerships often work well and this is certainly a case in point. The covers will probably be the initial points of interest and they don't disappoint particularly That Was My Veil. I was never a huge fan of the original (from the first PJ Harvey collaboration with John Parrish) but here it fizzes and kicks from the speakers egged on by great drumming; a feature on several tracks here. Love Will Tear Us Apart is lead by slow finger picked guitar with cello providing the main melody. The duet makes sense in the context of the lyrics and although the two voices are similar in pitch and tone (no harmonies here) they manage to drag a good deal of emotion from the piece. The Dark End of The Street is perhaps the most disappointing moment on the album; a lacklustre dirge which seems to lack the melody and emotion of the Van Morrison original.

The "folk" songs on the album are almost exclusively great with "Bonny Bunch of Roses" kicking off the album in great style. The key to the Oysterband style is rhythm and the drums and bass really kick up a storm on this one, never missing a beat. Other songs are lead by mandolin-driven rhythms and on several songs hammered dulcimer provides melody making for an interesting and varied listen. Tabor's vocals are as good as you'd expect throughout the album although, perhaps because of the nature of the backing music she fails to conjure up the emotion that listeners might expect from her recent solo albums which feature a smaller ensemble and generally stick to a repertoire of slower, folk material.

So, a good album full of interest and plenty here to enjoy for fans of Tabor and of folk rock. The headlines will mention the choice of covers but it is the original folk songs that provide the highlights.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Rushmer on 28 Nov 2013
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June and the Band received a lot of awards for this Cd and it is a great CD. Would recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John M. Cryne on 25 Aug 2013
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Saw live and confirmed great stuff June Tabor and the band a great combination a must have addition indeed indeed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary on 19 April 2012
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It is no accident that this album picked up a clutch of awards at the BBC Folk Awards this year. June Tabor is still one of the finest interpreters of traditional songs and the Oyster Band arrangements and backing make for an exciting sound. This is folk at its best. The tracks are varied and a mixture of traditional and modern writing in the traditional style. There are no weak tracks although some will be liked more than others as the styles are so variable. For example, I love 'Love will tear us apart' but am less fond of 'That was my veil'. There are also some interesting variations on old standards - 'Fountains Flowing' and 'Seven Curses' being two examples. This album will rapidly become a 'standard' and would be a good introduction to non-folkies as a demonstration of just how powerful and musical this genre is.
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