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Tell Tales [CD]

The Cornshed Sisters Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B0071CJLTG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dresden
2. The Beekeeper
3. Dance At My Wedding
4. Tommy
5. One By One
6. Ocelot Song
7. Soft White
8. If You Were Mine
9. Pies For The Fair
10. Sail To Me

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BBC Review

Female siblings singing in harmony about beekeeping, water babies and stacking up bones... how very 2012 this sounds. And how odd this is. First Aid Kit's Söderberg sisters have tingled spines with their perfectly matched intervals; The Staves have meshed their voices and their familial connections. Perhaps this trend marks a wish to return to music's simple roots, in these all-access, all-Auto-Tuned days; or for musicians – and women, perhaps – to bond together in the purest, most moving of ways.

Still, The Cornshed Sisters are different. First, they're not sisters by blood, but four friends from Newcastle. They also have indie clout, with an ex-member of Kenickie in their ranks (Cath, Jennie and Liz are joined by the still corkscrew-curled Marie Du Santiago), and this debut album was produced by Field Music’s Peter Brewis. Their music has a slightly different tone, too. These feel like north-eastern songs, lifted by local vowels and consonants, moods veering close to the scene still bubbling around local group The Unthanks and, brilliantly, Newcastle University's music department, whose Folk Music B.A. graduates include the more traditional Jim Causley and Emily Portman.

But this music also has shades of sharp-and-sweet singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams, the old tales of The Beautiful South, even the rough love of The Proclaimers about it: a personal, heartfelt commitment to music-making without care about fashion or fancy. Take Dance at My Wedding, beginning with a simple, strummed ukulele, and an old-fashioned piano. Jennie tells us about someone – a lost friend, it seems, although the mystery never fully clears – watching kids kicking the ball against the wall again, how he made her laugh, and how she made him so proud it was “like when Dad had said he'd made good gravy”. That line could so easily snag; here, touchingly, it soars.

Most of the songs, however, fit closer to folk patterns, which can sound overdone. For instance, The Beekeeper features an old man guiding “a hero to find the prophet true and fair” – it sounds tired. But when the band weaves fresher stories, they blossom. In particular Dresden, in which love is compared to the bombing of the German town, shakes the bones. Even better is Soft White, where the women promise to sing Joni Mitchell's Little Green down the phone, then go back to school and kick the kids who “picked on you because of your shoes”. More of this home-grown loveliness, and there melts your soul.

--Jude Rogers

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & affecting 23 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've never seen myself as much of a fan of folk music, not recorded anyway. But this moving album has changed that. Lovely singing, well (not over) produced, great choice of songs, and it really works as an album. Well recorded too. I look forward to seeing them live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Harmonies 22 April 2012
Format:MP3 Download
Went to the album launch to see one of their support acts and totally fell in love with their music. Their harmonies are beautiful and they all have spectacular voices. Buy this album and go and see them live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning debut album.. 22 April 2012
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They sing as if they might be sisters, their harmonies are sublime and their choice of song impeccable. Had the album just a few days, and it's the Dresden song that has bored into my brain. A cover that sounds like their very own song. If you'd have said a few years back that I'd be reviewing a folk album, I'd have put on a lemon-sucking face, and told you where to go. But folk is the new soul for me. And soul is the new folk.

Listen and be enchanted, and moved, and then you'll want to listen again and again.
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