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29 Nov 2009

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  • Original Release Date: 29 Nov. 2009
  • Release Date: 29 Nov. 2009
  • Label: ALC Music Ltd
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 ALC Music Ltd
  • Total Length: 34:45
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  • ASIN: B002TYRSF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,645 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Young on 18 Dec. 2009
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Like so many others, I heard 'Story' one morning at the end of October I believe. I was working at the time and had to stop to hear it, and made a mental note of who mr Wogan said had sung it.. and promptly forgot it. Later though I found it again on the listen again facility, though the song was not tracklisted.. Found the video to Story on youtube and fell in love. ( I also latterly found the video that someone made of her reactions to hearing that same first-play - it's adorable :) )I said then and still say it is easily the best song I have heard in nearly 2 years I guess. Such a refreshing change from all what I consider to be 'the same old stuff' currently being pumped out the radios. I really hope many more songs from telling Tales get wide airplay on lots of stations, because Anna deserves it. These songs are truly wonderful, her voice is so captivating, and I truly wish her all the success for many many years to come. Don't play these songs in a noisy environment, or as a background piece, play them and LISTEN to them, and witness this young lady who has given this admirer proof that even in current musical fields thick with weeds, a truly beautiful flower can emerge and prosper :)
Very recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2010
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Leddra Chapman comes from Brentwood and there's nothing wrong
with that at all. 'Telling Tales' is her debut album and it is a very strong
first showing indeed. The tales told here manifest themselves as ten
consummately constructed and perfectly delightful songs, sung with
clarity and passion.

Ms Chapman really does have a lovely voice. A warm, flexible soprano with
the capacity to reach into the often whimsical core of her material and
pull out little surprises like a magician delivering rabbits from a top hat!
(If you like Norwegian singer Lene Marlin then it is likely that you will love her too).

We have heard a lot of new female singer/songwriters over the past three
years. Some are, perhaps, destined to stay in the listening world, some
have already disappeared without a trace. Methinks Ms Chapman will
be with us for more than a little while.

There is something distinctly old-fashioned about this recording in
the nicest possible way. The melodies are strong, the lyrics personal
and often affecting without ever being self-indulgent.

Produces Peter Vettesse does absolutely what's necessary (no more and
no less) to bring this music to life. He is a master of economy and restraint.

There really isn't a bad track to be found here.

'Wine Glass' is a particularly beautiful example. When Chapman sings :
"I love the way you always laugh at me
When you love the way I dance so awkwardly",
with just the right amount of fragile vibrato, I wasn't sure whether to
laugh or cry (I am a very awkward dancer too!).
It is a wonderfully convincing performance of a truly splendid song.

As break-up songs go 'Saving You' takes a lot of beating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gregory on 29 July 2010
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Having first heard 'Summer Song' played several times on BBC Radio 2, I decided to buy the album, in the hope that the rest of the content would be as refreshingly quirky. I was not disappointed.
It is obvious that each song on the album has a specific and personal meaning to Leddra Chapman, and the fact that she is able to communicate such complex emotions and thoughts through her music is a testament to her skill both as a writer of music and of lyrics.
Picking Oranges has a particular resonance with me personally, and I know having read postings on Leddra's Facebook page that I am far from alone in this respect. I still cannot, even after the countless times I've listened to the song, prevent an involuntary tightening of my throat at the words of a rejected lover and their attempt to regain a little happiness in some future time.
Wrap Me Up too has that lovelorn slightly melancholic tone, and is a finely crafted song which deserves to be listened to.
A very fine album, one I've recommended to many friends this Summer, almost all of whom agree, I'm pleased to say.
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The songs are wonderful, varied, touching, heartfelt, sad, quirky and cleverly written.

The arrangements are sometimes sweet, normally simply, often displaying instrumental sounds rarely heard on popular music - french horn, harpsichord, Anna's toy piano!

The voice and Anna's phrasing make this so remarkable - her voice is so true and pitch perfect, and has a quality that sends shivers through you. She sings so clearly, in an English accent, and makes each phrase work so hard to sadden you, soften you and sometimes make you smile.

Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morisette, Regina Spektor, Dido, Andrea Corr, Tracy Chapman, Kates Bush, Nash and Rusby - you can hear them all - and this young woman from Essex is a match for all and beats most with the sheer brilliance of her voice.

What a debut!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Edward Parker on 30 Dec. 2009
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The female version of Newton Faulkner,absolutely brilliant. I also first heard the song 'Story' on Terry Wogans morning show. Fantastic acousticy pop tracks not unlike the group All About Eve. Hope to hear more from Anna Leddra-Chapman in the future.
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