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The Life Of Birds

15 Aug 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Aug 2010
  • Label: Proper Records
  • Copyright: 2010 David Rotheray
  • Total Length: 47:53
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003Z1JMK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,507 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Higgens on 23 Aug 2010
Format: MP3 Download
Lying in my scratcher two weeks ago desperately searching for the motivation to get up, I was roused from my semi-conscious slumber by an interview with David Rotheray on the Today programme about his (then) forthcoming album - The Life of Birds. Background clips of two tracks (The Sparrow et al and Crows et al) was all that was needed for me to rise, wrap a towel around my burgeoning waistline and tip-toe to the laptop to pre-order the album. A fortnight later, returning home from holiday, I found the CD sitting on the mat among all that unwanted guff which accumalates when your guard is down. Bags still packed and dirty washing festering, I have now listened to the album three times through and feel qualified to comment.

The album struck a note instantly; of great appeal is the wide range of superb musicians singing and accompanying DR on each track. Folk and acoustic features prominently throughout but that is not to categorise this album as such. It covers a wide spectrum of styles (there's even a slide guitar for those of you with exotic tastes) which all combine to produce a first class collection of songs that comment on issues such as greed, puberty, marriage, Alzheimers, old age, supressed sexuality and electric clocks. As to be expected, there is a song about Hull. There is a melancholic feel to the album, but not at the expense of humour and wit, and all of the songs are beautifully arranged. The album's subtle production enhances the music opposed to stripping it of all its charm. This is an album to treasure and is one that deserves to be listened to. If, like me, you have never heard DR's solo stuff before, take a chance and buy this one - you will not be disappointed (and you will also discover how exciting birds can be!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Sep 2010
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I must admit that I wasn't really a fan of the "Beautiful South" - Rotheray's previous employment - but they could spin a decent tune with good, quirky lyrics. I only picked up this due to the impressive list of folk artists who appear on it. Good tunes, varied styles, interesting lyrics and stories behind the songs and wonderful artists such as Bella Hardy, Eliza Carthy and Jim Causley in tow. The songwriting and instrumentation is the star here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Von Trapp on 17 Nov 2010
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"Dave's written a folk album, you know"
Me: "Great!" *sigh* *pulls face* "It'll all be fiddle-dee-dee, day trips and skipping, won't it?" *pulls another face*

The above was across pint ramblings of 2 friends.

My introduction to the actual songs on the album was a live gig at a new venue in Hull called 'Fruit'. Due to there being 10 singers on the album real (14 songs), the gig was merely featuring 2 of them: Bella Hardy and Jim Causley. The album also includes Alasdair Roberts, Eliza Carthy, Jack L, Nat Johnson, Julie Murphy, Camille O'Sullivan, Kathryn Williams and Eleanor McEvoy.
The gig was so good, I bought the album, there and then.

There's probably one song that you could call a 'pop' song, that being 'The Sparrow, the Thrush and the Nightingale', it's kind of a masterstroke by Dave because it opens the ears to what is to follow... Basically, we ALL like a 'pop' song, something to get the feet tapping and the head nodding and this one achieves that with consumate ease. Your kids will like it!
Following on from that, the rest isn't particularly 'for kids'. It's a definite 'adults' album, there are songs on it which discuss life, illness, love, hate, war, regret, disappointment, hope, memories and most heart-breakingly (is that a word?) the disintegration of great friendship...

Personal favourites are:-
'The Road to the South'
'Sweet Forgetfulness'
'The Best Excuse in the World (is the Truth)'
...and if you would like to hear a contender for the greatest but most under-rated song EVER, try 'Almost Beautiful' (with Eleanor McEvoy).
The songs are so good, you feel like you already know them! Live with them.. enjoy them.. and you'll keep returning to them, over the years. I guarantee it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erika Ebtekar on 4 Nov 2010
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Life of Birds is an eclectic array of touching vocals, poignant lyrics backed by soothing rhythmical melodies. The distinctive songs are subtle yet catchy, telling enlightening tales of an assortment of issues that impinge on us all at some time in our lives. The sounds are pure class. The overall musical delivery has a cunning hushed quality, an almost haunted folky feel, with the exception of The Sparrow Thrush and Nightingale that bookends the album ingeniously. Life of Birds is a must for Folk / Country lovers listening and thought provoking pleasure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By seagullnic on 8 Sep 2010
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David Rotheray
The Life of Birds

BEAUTIFUL South founder and songwriter David Rotheray releases his first solo album The Life Of Birds... and what an album it is!
Although it features a host of top musicians and singers, The Life Of Birds is entirely Rotheray's record, a series of ascerbic reflections on life amid astonishing collaborations.
The seed for the album came with the opening track The Sparrow, The Thrush & The Nightingale, a laidback melody with a whistled refrain disguising an allegorical tale about greed and self interest within a band - a tale played out so many times in the history of contemporary music.
Rotheray enlisted the services of young folk troubador Jim Causley, to expand the metaphor and write an entire album with birds as its concept, calling upon some of the finest folk singer-songwriters to flesh out the music he had written.
The result is 14 superbly crafted songs that touch on some sensitive subjects with subtlety and grace.
Kathryn Williams, lends her beautiful vocals to Crows, Ravens & Rooks, a personal stand out track on an album of stand outs.
The lines: "For heaven is a metaphor, The lovers of the world reach for, And truly, you may find the occasional angel. But mostly when we get up there, Far above the city air, All we have for company Is crows, ravens and rooks" are timeless.
So for the other stand outs:
The Road To The South is a reflection on friends of Hull born Rotheray who have "migrated to London" and is sung with sense of place by folk legend Eliza Carthy.
Particularly powerful is a pair of numbers that address the issue of Alzheimer's disease.
Sweet Forgetfulness, sung by Camille O'Sullivan, is performed from the point of view of someone with no memories to lose.
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