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I See The Sign [Import]

Sam Amidon Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bedroom Community
  • ASIN: B0036X90MC
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. How Come That Blood
2. Way Go, Lily
3. You Better Mind
4. I See the Sign
5. Johanna the Row-di
6. Pretty Fair Damsel
7. Kedron
8. Rain and Snow
9. Climbing High Mountains
10. Relief
11. Red

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reinvigorating a lost musical world 11 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Sam Amidon is an exceptional performer - quirky, surreal, and deserving far greater exposure.Over several excellent CDs he has now also built up a fine summation of his recorded talent.He takes a tune from a distant American past and re-presents it to us with its often bleak message and unpredictable pacing but leavened by witty instrumentation and his uncompromising and beautiful voice.Most of the tunes have lyrical outcomes that are not of a cosy 20th century predictability but beneath it all Sam frequently one feels subscribes to Oscars' old adage that "you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh" Anyone interested in a voice that significantly re-imagines and invigorates a lost musical age should buy this highly accessible album and go and see him -- he is a fabulous entertainer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !!! 17 Jan 2011
By William Carson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sam Amidon doesn't have the same recognition as many of his contemporary folk artists but he should be. This album is one of the best of the year! This album is the first I have heard Sam's music and it is incredible. A must have for any fan of modern folk music!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutey Beautiful 10 Jun 2010
By Crystal Wren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I created an account just so I could let everyone know just how talented Sam Amidon is. I discovered his music yesterday and was instantly won over. Today I have But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted and I See The Sign. They are both consistently great the whole album through. I look forward to adding All Is Well to my collection later on this afternoon! If there's any doubt in your head whether or not to buy this album push them out because I promise it will be worth it. You too will come back for the others. Enjoy!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I see the Sign 25 Dec 2010
By I. D. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have never heard of Sam Amidon before listening to this CD. I absolutely love it...so much so that i bought a copy for a friend
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars more is less... 26 Oct 2012
By Szymon Wysocki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A lot/more of music and instruments...but less Sam as he used to be.. looks like Sufjan. No such Roots as I expected..
Almost no banjo, unfortunately. Anyway - good and touchy music.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review 29 May 2010
By Headphone Commute - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In 2007, I had the luxury of traveling to Cuba for a vacation. I arrived with no real plan other than to try and fit in as much as possible and in order to do that I needed a car. Fully expecting to ride the 1950s Chevy that is synonymous with Cuba, I of course ended up with a brand new, bright red, 2007 model Volkswagen. Now, what on earth has this to do with the excellent new record from Sam Amidon, I hear you cry? Well, whenever I reminisce over those journeys through broken roads and dense vegetation I'm always reminded of the track "Head Over Heels" which Sam so beautifully covered on his LP, But this Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Birdwar, 2007), which had been released at the time and was on repeat in the car stereo. It also seems appropriate to mention this brief insight into my Cuban adventure as, reflecting on this now, the image of a shiny new motorcar juxtaposed with the crumbling backdrop of Cuban villages does to some degree allude to the sound Sam has mastered so perfectly. His ability to mesh the old with new, to breathe freshness into trusted and forgotten folk tales is taken to new heights on this latest record, I See The Sign. Staying true to the formula found in Sam's aforementioned 2007 LP and also in 2008's All Is Well (Bedroom Comunity), this new record largely comprises of old-time melodies and lyrics, with children's singing games common throughout. Where "All Is Well" built upon his sound, adding horns and string arrangements to bring a greater sense of depth to the instrumental constructions of his work, "I See The Sign" evolves this sound significantly. Calling on a host of collaborators including multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, the prolific composer Nico Muhly, and the charming support vocals of Beth Orton, on "I See The Sign", Sam groups this talent together and outputs a collection of songs bound together by a passion for musicianship. Whether it be the joyous harmonies between Sam and Beth, the spine tingling string, brass and woodwind arrangements that Nico lends to the tracks or Shahzads's expansive contributions there is a sense of total unison here between all contributors including of course producer Valgeir Siguršsson. In fact, never has the name of a record label been so apt at summarizing the sense of togetherness that this album provides for it is a real feel of community that one experiences when listening to this Bedroom Community release! So what of the songs themselves? I was initially taken back by "Way Go Lily" when I first heard it performed live in January. To hear it again in fully produced form is fantastic. This is one of the examples of the children's singing songs originally popularized by Georgia Sea Islands songstress Bessie Jones. For Sam's reimagining his delicate guitar strumming is supported some truly remarkable work by Nico Muhly on strings and horns, while Beth Orton's echoed harmonies are just delightful. Similarly on "Johanna The Row-di" Beth lends continued support to the vocals, with contributions here also from Shahzad Ismaily. It is worth mentioning that amongst all these joyful songs, there are still a host of melancholy numbers that lend themselves so well to the Sam Amidon sound. Songs like "Kedron" and "Rain and Snow" are poignant reminders that indeed not all is well. However the stand out track for me has to be "Relief." Covering a song by R. Kelly is risky not just in transferring it to a completely different genre, but there is also a danger of it appearing as a gimmick. Fortunately Sam and his pool of talented contributors successfully recreate this number so much so that one would have no idea of its source. In summary it really is hard to fully convey the success of this album. Over the brief time I've had with it, I've wanted to grab the person nearest me and give them a massive hug. It's not only uplifting, but the songs here are ones that feel like they need to be shared. We live in an age where the retro craze seems to be an ongoing fad, one that doesn't want to leave. Whether it is fashion, films or music there is a consistent yearning for the repurposing of nostalgia. Fortunately, Sam Amidon's music is bigger and better than any retrospective reworkings. For this is contemporary music, providing an outlet for forgotten sounds and breathing oxygen into new creations.
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