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  • Audio CD (13 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Replublic of Music / Universal
  • ASIN: B0024FA9IW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

The Mummers, somewhat confusingly, is just one person – Raissa Khan-Panni. Having learnt oboe and taught herself to sing, she romped around Europe busking before coming back home to study music at Bristol. She then went on to trade solo under the name of Raissa back in the early 2000s to some critical acclaim if very few sales. Now, nearly a decade on, she’s channelled her talents and experiences into a new guise and is set for hopefully some bigger success this time around.

Written and recorded in a tree-house in Brighton – the many musicians would file in and out and record their contributions separately – Tale to Tell is a sumptuous affair. Grandiose and swelling with brass and string flourishes, it would appeal to anyone who’s enjoyed the likes of Rufus Wainwright’s Want, Goldfrapp’s spooky fairy tale era and the more Willy Wonka’d end of The Flaming Lips catalogue. Certainly not an album of minimalism, it finds Raissa surrounding herself with widescreen orchestration to create a fantasy world of her own, layering each song with rich instrumentation and glorious wonder.

Tale to Tell flows seamlessly into a cohesive whole, with musical motifs and patterns weaving in and out. At times it’s like being trapped in an MGM musical or something from London’s West End. Raissa’s voice, meanwhile, is a thing of delicate wonder but occasionally wanders into Björk territory, making comparisons inevitable.

Of the standouts, previous single Wonderland swirls like a Disney sequence aimed straight for the Radio 2 playlist with pleasing Blake’s 7 synths jostling with tootling flutes, and the almost child-like Place for Us is possibly one of the love songs of the year. The title track swoons on a river of violins and cavalry brass and forms the centrepiece of the album, offering a more bucolic chill out.

Hopefully Tale to Tell will find The Mummers a large audience of devoted followers who will be with them for life, and to these ears it’s genuinely surprising this missed out on a Mercury nomination. For all the daydreamers and first-flush of lovers, this album will be as essential to your life as breathing and toothpaste. --Ian Wade

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
For more years than I care to remember it has been part
of this old Canid's weekly routine to step into one of a small
number of music stores (most often on a Friday evening
or Saturday morning) to make a random purchase from
the week's available new releases. The guiding principle in
this somewhat autistic process being that I should know
absolutely nothing about the item which I am buying.
This somewhat absurd repetitive behavior has, as I am sure
you can imagine, led to some horrendous errors of judgement.
Almost as much bad music exists in the world as good but
sometimes taking a risk proves to be more than worthwhile.

The Mummers extraordinary album 'Tale To Tell' is a precious case in point.

Ms Khan-Panni and Mr Horwood have, together with their talented
cohorts, created something quite unique and magical here.
The ten compositions in this consummately executed project
bare witness to finely honed musical intelligence and originality.
Comparisons with the music of the estimable Ms Gudmundsdottir
are not unfair but we should not let the obvious blind us to the differences.
This is music of Grand Design.
The orchestral arrangements are lush, dense and tantalizingly complex.

From the martial opening bars of 'March Of The Dawn' to the late-night
cocktail bar ambience of closing track 'Nightbus' we are transported
into a dreamworld of fractured fairground melodies ('Wonderland'),
burlesque extravagance ('Wake Me Up' and 'This Is Heaven') and eloquent
dramatic bonbons worthy of Sondheim ('Lorca and The Orange Tree' and
the very beautiful 'Place For Us').
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Wren on 24 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing the Mummers live recently after being intrigued by a review in the Guardian and have subsequently bought their album. To call the album 'a collection of songs' is to belittle what the Mummers have produced. The album takes you on a wonderfully atmospheric journey, carried along by the beautiful orchestral arrangements. Woven through this is Raissa's unique and brilliant voice which simultaneously grabs you, drags you, strokes you and caresses you through the music.
This innovative and ecclectic album is something the music scene has needed for a while now and is a must have for anyone with an ear for intelligent and beautiful music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pikeperch on 25 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I too bought this speculatively on the back of the Guardian article and a quick perusal of the Mummers MySpace page. I'm a fan of Björk but actually Raissa's occasional vocal similarity to Iceland's biggest star is neither here nor there. This album has similarities to the songs for Dancer In The Dark but to me that is also no bad thing. As Björk pushes herself further towards the fringes of pop there is room for other artists to explore the territory she has vacated. Tale To Tell has echoes of classic show tunes (pre Sondheim perhaps, and that's a good thing), tales to tell and emotions to share. It bears repeated listening, the sign of a good collection, and overall is completely entertaining for anyone interested in intelligent, imaginative music making.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Owen on 22 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
With the miserable summer we're having we all need something to cheer us up and this is the record to do it. Its packed full of melodic songs with the added ingrediant of escapism and mystery in the mix. I absolutely love this mini album and can't wait for Part 2 to come out. Highly recommended for people who appreciate a little art to go with their listening experience. Plus Raissa has a voice that will unfortunately be lazily compared with Bjork but in my opinion is unique and occasionally drifts away beautifully and leaves you to your own imagination to what has been sung. A better comparison maybe would be Kate Bush due to the extensive use of thoughtful orchestration and imagination in all of the 8 songs.
Beautiful stuff. (It must be, this is the 1st album review I've attempted!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fieldscabious on 21 Jun 2009
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This is a great lolloping album, big, pretentious orchestrations. Great ungainly rhythms reducing to neat, swish funk-ish vibes. Multi-layered, multi-beat, relaxed groove. Why rush it? Quite right.

I've listened to a lot of prog rock over the years. I've listened to a lot of "jazz". I've listened to lot of fantastic female vocalists (from Joan Baez to Kate Bush). What I think this album has is great production values, great orchestration and a fantastic singer. It's unusual to have all the elements together so well done Mark Horwood who, according to the sleave did the orchestration, Paul Sandrone and Raissa Khan-Panni (the singer) for having the modesty to work together. Each separately would, I guess, be fantastic, memorable and talented. Together they make, with the talents of all the other musicians, an album which, in my humble opinion is an absolute classic. This is proper adult music. It's up there ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Needham on 27 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Here's a return to the original definition of 'band': a number (say a minimum of about eight) of musicians producing a big, exhuberant SOUND.
Not simply megadecibels and unintelligible lyrics, but a rich, vibrant sound experience. That's what The Mummers do on 'Tale To Tell' in a joyous and magical way that's quite unlike anything else.
The core of the band, singer/songwriter Raissa Khan-Panni, Paul Sandrone and Mark Horwood enlist help from many other musicians on strings, woodwind and brass and the finished product defies labelling. Is it 1940s big band? oompah band? fairground whirlitzer? Wizard Of Oz? Who cares, but it's very listenable.
Raissa's voice flits from sweetly childlike to deliciously smoochy. Horwood's inventive orchestrations lead you to some fantastical places. If originality does it for you; if you are a dreamer; if for you Frodo lives, give this a try. I love it.
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