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Sweet England [Import]

Jim Moray Audio CD
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You think you know folk music and then someone like Jim Moray comes along.

He comes bearing Skulk, a fifth album of soulful English music, plus a sheaf of industry awards and the wherewithal to locate folk music in its rightful landscape: the modern world. In Jim’s vision, the oral tradition is electrified, not only technically but emotionally.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B0000TI3LE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Created on a laptop? 13 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
They say that Jim Moray created this album on his own laptop. He must be pretty good with the laptop - but that's not the whole story. I actually bought the album just after it won the "Best Album" prize in the Radio 2 awards in 2004. My daughter and I were both captivated by it. To me "Early on Morning" was a song we sang at school in a dreary arrangement, and Jim's treatment is fresh and exciting.

My favourite track is a spell-binding performance of the Child ballad "Lord Bateman". I had never really connected with this ballad before (not even the Nic Jones performance had made much impression), but Jim Moray puts heart and soul into the telling of the story, and now I can't get it out of my head.

And it's not just the laptop, because I've heard Jim live as well. And it's just as good as the album. It's great to hear one so young breathing fresh life into English traditional songs, and keeping the tradition alive.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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"Folk music? That's all finger in the ear and hey nonny nonny stuff isn't it?" laughed a man I met recently.
How I wish he could hear this album. He'd have a job dismissing folk in those terms if he did. And an even harder job describing this unique new approach to traditional English music.
Jim Moray, just 21 and a recent graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, is making mischief in the folk world,turning it on its head and injecting it with colossal new life.By adding the word "techno" to "traditional" he could be the best hope yet of taking folk/roots to a mainstream audience.
He made his mark as runner up in Radio 2's Young Folk Awards with a haunting version of "Poverty Knock" and hearing him on the radio some time afterwards was one of those rare moments when you literally stop what you're doing and listen. The only word for it is "arresting".
Now, after his EP "I am Jim Moray" comes "Sweet England", a collection of 10 songs, including some of our best known ballads. The recording started life in his bedroom, created by equipment largely paid for by a student grant and took on a life of its own. Few folk singers walk on stage with state-of-the-art music software ready to sample snatches of songs that are then brought back into play to huge effect throughout the number. Don't ask me how it works - you'd have to ask him. But those echoing vocal samples are mesmorising, especially when you see him live.
This is an "into the future" slant on ancient songs about love and longing, heroes and villains, squires and maidens - and the odd colley bird thrown in for good measure!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely beautiful 14 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the name Jim Moray when at Oysterband's recent tour for their cd, 'Rise Above' (also a worth while buy!). As a die-hard Oyster fan I was initially dubious about other artists stealing the show, but by the end I was in awe of the fantastic tones of Jim's voice and his talent for shedding new light on such classic material.
Sweet England doesnt have a single weak track, and will keep you captivated from start to finish. Favourites of mine include 'One Early Morning' (there could not have been a better chosen opening track), 'The Seeds of Love' (an absolute masterpiece), 'The Suffolk Miracle' (Id never heard this wonderful ghost story before, and it was very moving) and 'Longing for Lucy' (an excellent demonstration of song writing skill).
This is without a doubt the best cd that I own, and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone, especially newcomers to folk music. If you can only have one cd this Christmas then make it this one!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album that has divided opinions 28 Dec 2003
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Sweet England is nothing short of brilliant - not only because it has breathed new life into some of the most worn out songs from England's traditional back catalogue by gently but most effectively rearranging the songs using the best that modern-day technology has to offer while resisting the temptation to overuse 21st century sounds for the sake of it, but also because in creating this beautiful album Jim Moray has stirred up a debate which has revealed the true colours of many in the folk world.
Staid folk message boards which used to trundle out uninspiring threads about meeting times at the next folk festival have, have come alive with debates on whether this album is an afront to folk music or a revolution we should all join. Quite a feat for an album made by a 21 year old in his bedroom on equipment he was learning to use while recording.
The most traditional of traditionalists have balked at the media coverage the album has received - arguably the most coverage ever received for a debut album of English folk music. It has been everywhere - Guardian, Telegraph, Times, you name it, they seem to love it. But this it would seem means that Mr Moray has 'sold his soul', no longer qualifies as a true folk musician, and as such should be criticised for everything from his voice to his live performances, anything that will stop you thinking that this may in fact be as important a record as everyone from Radio 2's Stuart Maconie to Billboard's Paul Sexton say it is.
Personally I think that people outside the folk world are better qualified to judge this record as they are not bound by unwritten rules which hold that world together, ensuring the status quo in a community whose unchanging image reflects its approach to music as a history rather than as an art.
But if you are someone who eagerly anticipates the next Bowie, Radiohead or John Cale album because you want to see what new boundaries they are challenging this time, then you need to buy Sweet England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my Wife
Not had a chance to listen to this yet so can't give a proper review although Low Culture and Skulk are brilliant.
Published 21 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine old tunes given new life
Finally got round to buying this album after hearing selected tracks played on Radio 2 years ago. Moray has taken some half-remembered songs from my school singing lessons, given... Read more
Published 22 months ago by subversive@lineone.net
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational
I had never heard of Jim Moray before. Until one day I was looking up BBC Radio 2 Folk records of the year on Wikipedia.
After sampling some of the tracks. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2012 by Robin Emmerson
1.0 out of 5 stars Narcissus Lives
The booklet notes reveal all, or rather they don't. There's no list of songs, or timings, let alone any information about their provenance and context. Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by mrprofrob
5.0 out of 5 stars True innovator divides opinions
I have been glancing through the reviews for this breathtaking album and am shocked at the hostility it receives from many reviewers. But then true pioneers always divide opinions! Read more
Published on 3 April 2006 by the cubist
2.0 out of 5 stars Potential.
I really wanted to like this album - for lots of reasons, right down to the fact that the singer attended my high school! Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Shafts of musical light...
English-rose front-man, Moray, laces the lyrics of folklore with powerful Matrix-styled guitars, film-score piano and a backing band which grinds together electric double bass and... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2005 by Benjamin J. Whitehouse
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear no!
Sorry I really wanted to like this album but we moved on from this type of stuff in about 1969. Yes he's young and good-looking but this is truly dreary, repetitive sub... Read more
Published on 20 July 2005 by Philip Draycott
1.0 out of 5 stars dont believe the hype
This is far from being the radical reworking of folk music that it is hyped to be. weedy and rather dated electronics hold court with bland middle of the road vocals and some... Read more
Published on 25 April 2005 by Mr. Alan F. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Fairy Tales
This the lowdown on Moray: the man is only 21 and has un undying love for old, traditional English folk ballads. So, what does he choose to do? Read more
Published on 14 May 2004 by Juan Mobili
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