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9 April 2012

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  Song Title
The Captain's Apprentice
The Golden Glove
If It's True
Lord Douglas
Horkstow Grange
Hind Etin
Big Love
The Eighteenth of June
Courting Is a Pleasure
Seven Long Years

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  • Label: NIAG Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 NIAG Records
  • Total Length: 43:30
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  • ASIN: B007NU7OUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,601 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 24 April 2012
By Popper
Format:Audio CD
This is, perhaps, Mr. Moray's most consistent offering yet. It may not scale the heights (at least for me personally) that his second, self-titled album did - it's just really, really good start to finish. Some folks here have scoffed at the pace of some of the songs - but that's traditional english folk for you. Lord Douglas may be the best thing he's ever done. This album should appeal to the "folkies" as it's less experimental than some of his other work. But there are plenty of flourishes and sonic touches to keep things interesting. It's really well played, sung and recorded. One of the best albums of the year from an artist that really deserves to be heard. Thanks Jim.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, varied, lovely voice... 3 Feb 2013
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I confess I've fallen a little in love with Jim Moray! This album took a few listens but now I can't stop listening to it.
I'm quite a latecomer to folk, and started off with Seth Lakeman several years ago - don't understand now why Jim isn't as well known as Seth. He's got a similar appeal to Seth, but his music is more varied and interesting and he can really sing. Very well.
Don't know why it took me so long to discover Jim Moray. Ah well. Have now gone and ordered the 'Beginners Guide...' album after checking out his cover of All you Pretty Girls on Spotify (fantastic).
As for this album, my favourite tracks are The Golden Glove, Hind Etin and Courting is a Pleasure. Big Love (Fleetwood Mac cover) is growing on me, even though I'm definitely not a Fleetwood Mac fan!
He's now got me checking out Nic Jones and I shall be buying his old albums very soon :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foxhall & I 24 April 2012
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To my mind, what sets Jim Moray apart from other artists working in a similar field is that although he is predominantly dealing in traditional folk music, he has clearly heard and absorbed much from contemporary areas of music, most notably prog rock and punk/new wave, and he's not afraid to show it. Maybe it happens subconsciously sometimes too I think. He's even dabbled with hip-hop and grime in his past work.

Here is his 5th album proper (not counting the self-released I Am Jim Moray), and while it isn't as great as his self-titled second album (because nothing else is, by anybody), or his previous album In Modern History which had a greater variety of styles (and some fantastic drumming), it's still a masterpiece.

It comprises ten tracks without a duff one in sight. Some of the highlights include :

Lord Douglas, which was available in a seemingly unfinished version (then titled Earl Brand) on the collaborative Cecil Sharp Project album last year. Here is the finished version on which Jim really inhabits the song in a way that few other performers manage(June Tabor excepted). I imagine that he must be very proud of the way this one has worked out.

Horkstow Grange, with its multi-tracked vocal that initially sounds as if it was sung using a vocoder but nothing so easy for Jim. This one should really have the folk-purists running back to their Fairport albums in search of some safe shelter.

Hind Etin, a traditional tale of an abducting, flute playing, wood dweller, notable for the "soothing flute" being represented by a grungy noise that is about as far away from a flute as you could possibly get.

The absolute highlight has been left right to the end. This is Seven Long Years on which the prog influence really comes to the fore.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and atmospheric 24 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album is far more stripped back than some of Jim's other work, and those who are seeking beats or raps will search in vain. However, don't be put off because this is a splendidly atmospheric album that shows off Jim's considerable talents in a different light.

Personal favourites for me are The Captain's Apprentice and Horkstow Grange but the whole album is full of slow burning delights.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtler, but still groundbreaking 21 April 2012
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Perhaps a more subtle approach to reinventing folk than some of his other albums, but still a brave and fresh collection of tracks.

My standout favourite is the lush, camp, torch songy "If It's True", which showcases how much Jim's voice has grown, but I'm also fond of the hypnotic banjo version of "Big Love", the dark, dramatic, slightly Kate Bush-y piano ballad take on "The Captain's Apprentice" and the rousing, upbeat "The Golden Glove".

Some of the other tracks initially struck me as a bit beige, but I think they're just more subtle and take longer to give up their mysteries (e.g. "Seven Long Years", which slowly evolves)

Probably not my favourite Moray album of all, but a worthy new addition to my Moray collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Moray's music is amazing 6 Jun 2013
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Just been to The Wayward Tour with Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray. A stunningly memorable evening of fabulous music, a lot of the Skulk numbers were played, 7 Long Years is fantastic. Would recommend to any discerning music lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice surprize 30 April 2013
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Heard him on the folk awards and really liked the sound. Wanted to get a something different for my husband this was it, has not been off our play list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise find 27 Feb 2013
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Came across this in my Amazon recommendations and bought it for Amazon Cloud Player. A great album and encouraged me to purchase 2 other albums by the same artist.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up CD
I bought A Beginners Guide and this CD at the same time. They were both played over & over in the car on a 100mile journey. I cannot wait for Jim's next CD. Read more
Published 13 months ago by GGCrawley
4.0 out of 5 stars Skulk by Jim Moray
Varied, versatile and interesting, Moray's treatment of traditional songs is, as usual, provovative and appealing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by E. S. Ballagher
4.0 out of 5 stars JIM MORAY - Skulk
Perhaps its Moray's numerous tales of brushes with death on previous recordings that inspired him to use the collective noun for foxes `Skulk' as the title of his latest CD. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pete Fyfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this album, and my children do too. In fact, I've put it on in the car several times and as soon as the music started the kids stopped squabbling and just listened. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JR_Devon
5.0 out of 5 stars Moray's mint
Skulk is an album that's accessible on first hearing but subtly grows on you with repeated listening. Read more
Published 24 months ago by redpete
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
Yet again, Jim Moray has delivered an outstanding piece of work and continues to consolidate his hold on the `new folk' scene. Read more
Published 24 months ago by bigsnitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious and rewarding - a great modern folk album
Without question the most innovative artist working in English folk, Jim Moray's Skulk is an album that aims high, and then hits the target. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Yorkie
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