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Short Scenes

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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narwhal
  • ASIN: B00007EAPW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Short Scenes, the debut album from Ted Barnes, finds the folksy multi-instrumentalist stepping out from the shadow of Beth Orton, the waif-like singer/songwriter he's backed with his acoustic guitar ever since her debut solo LP Trailer Park, and leading his own raggedy band on a trek into the countryside. Fielding members of alt.country sextet Lincoln, bare acoustic balladeers Sunhouse, long-departed Warp types Red Snapper, and Ms Orton herself, he's clearly in good company. This revolving group of musicians produces a warm instrumental sound that's reminiscent of Lambchop or James Yorkston--a rustic country music with a warm, soulful edge.

Ten of these 13 tracks are purely instrumental, achieving a meditative state that's perhaps intensified by the occasional use of subtle electronic loops--see the jazzy trot of "Parisian Shuffle", or the trip-hop glide of "9 Years in a Cage". However, it's worth pointing out that this patchwork musical design is completed with neat seamless joins. The key track is "Ted's Waltz", where a coquettish Orton weaves a sunny tale of desire, her fluttering vocal striking the odd high note of ecstatic lyrical loveliness: "Black out the sun from your eyes / bare naked sky". This is modern folk done right. --Louis Pattison

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. JAMES on 12 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Ted plays most (all?) of the instruments on this album of gentle, persuasive music. When the ears need to ease into the next phase of the day the my mind needs something to hold on to there's plenty to be found here. Dense, careful and lush with enough musical references from folk, ambient, and the fringes of cabaret to keep you wondering where he's going next, these tracks emphasise that it is the individual that counts not the general populist direction. Luvverly stuff!
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
laid- back masterpiece. 11 Feb. 2007
By fluffy, the human being. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i love this cd. pure and simple. let me say it again, i am in love with this cd. 3 vocal tracks (an appearance by beth orton) and 10 instrumentals that are melodic and lovely and perfect for late night listening. quiet music at its best. thank you, mr barnes.
nope 20 April 2013
By K. Derby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I appreciate his work with Beth Orton. I looked to see if his genius would come through on this disc.

Nope. I listened twice and tossed it in the waste can. nuff said.
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