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The Fox And The Monk

23 May 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 May 2010
  • Label: Barp
  • Copyright: 2010 Barp
  • Total Length: 56:23
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003M0MXUU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,844 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Hennessy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
I saw John Smith play as the supporting act for John Martyn at the Roundhouse a few years ago; it was Martyn's last gig I think, and JM spent the whole time in a wheelchair, quite quite drunk (as one of Paul Whitehouse's characters would have put it) - you wouldn't have known it from his playing though - it was only when he slurred incoherently as he tried to tell a joke after that first song that it became apparent.

ANYWAY... (!) - the biggest surprise of the evening was Mr. Smith. I'd never heard of him before, and the name didn't inspire me much - but when he started playing, everyone stopped what they were doing, turned round and listened. He has very fast hands, and he's experimental; he likes to try things out. He plays a few of these songs with a piece of paper folded up under the strings - he can then play it very hard, and it creates a slightly fuzzy acoustic sound.

THEN he started singing - he's got a fantastic voice, with a bit of inspiration from John Martyn himself, I think - there's the same roundness of vocalisation - but the English pronunciation and smokiness in the voice reminds me a bit of Nick Drake in there too.

The songs on this album are all stand-out tracks - at first, the ones that command attention are the excellent 'Matchbox Man' and 'The Magician'. However, as teachers often find out, it's often the ones that don't clamour for attention that have the most to offer, and it's very true with this album too.

I often feel frustrated with my musical tastes, as most of the musicians I listen to are dead now; there's not much new material to listen to - but with John, I can look forward to consistently brilliant material with confidence. I can say that with no doubt because believe me, this chap has TALENT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mino Brigitte on 6 July 2010
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Thanks a lot for a very swift delivery! The C.D is in mint condition.
It really is a wonderful piece of work from an underrated British folk singer with a voice that does
remind you of John Martyn.
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By Plasmacutter Trev on 26 April 2014
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Its not bad but not has good has his later album Great Lakes which is sublime in comparison. I would recommend it for hardcore fans.
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By Chris W on 11 April 2014
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Fantastic first album from one of the finest musicians around. John Smith is an artist who would have been picked up by a major label in years gone by before the advent of the digital revolution and the subsequent cautious approach adopted by records labels generally. Still, John Smith is doing things brilliantly and this will not be the last we hear of him. Excellent work indeed!
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Saw JS in concert at the end of last year, never having even heard one of his songs. I was converted, instantly! In fact, got a copy of Great Lakes at the gig. Great LP, tho' I would say that I prefer this one....a bit more varied in style. Love his slightly 'gravelly' voice and his guitar-playing is superb. If you get the chance, see him play in concert, too. Still young and promises a lot for the future.
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