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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hands On Music
  • ASIN: B0021UDJ14
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Track of Words 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Cold Heart of England 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Look At Me 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. It Wasn't You 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. Pain Away 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Broken 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rock You to Sleep 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 

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A decade on, Show of Hands’ inspired frontman revamps his first mainstream-nudging solo album, emphatically demonstrating the sheer diversity of his acclaimed songwriting.

Leading on from his stunningly sparse solo album Cruel River (2007), Track of Words: Retraced revisits Knightley’s first recording of a decade ago and is undoubtedly his most emotionally literate collection of songs to date. It comprises 13 songs and a bonus track co-written with fellow Devon folk star Seth Lakeman - arresting, soul-searching numbers like "Rush of Blood", "Face in the Frame" and "Broken" as well as songs that have gone on to become Show of Hands standards, songs co-written with Matt Clifford who has played and produced with The Rolling Stones and a memorable duet with young singer songwriter Jenna.

Perhaps more than any other album, Track of Words: Retraced demonstrates the sheer diversity of Knightley’s finely-honed songwriting and cogent lyrics , stripping away the bigger production feel of the original album and investing in a more subtle, acoustic and occasionally retro style; adding new tempos, textures and unexpected instrumentation. Steve plays guitars, mandocello, cuatro, acoustic bass and harmonica while guest musicians include Jenna on piano and vocals, Phil Beer on guitar, fiddle and mandocello, Dave Wood on slide guitar and Jerri Hart who Knightley 'discovered' entertaining on the streets of his home town- an encounter which led to Hart contributing the stand-out trumpet riffs on several tracks.

BBC Review

Steve Knightley takes the unusual step of revisiting - and re-recording - his first solo album a decade after its original release to offer a less produced, more mature perspective on songs of personal turmoil and political tumult.

The original Track of Words appeared in 1999 and was intended to, ''put some aural distance between the big, thumpy, essentially acoustic sound'' of Show of Hands, the thriving folk/roots duo Knightley had formed with Phil Beer eight years previously. Though intended to be 'radio friendly', the album failed to raise Knightley's profile at the time. Now, following 2007's sparsely executed solo offering, Cruel River, he's taking another pop at it.

The result is an album that is less musically strident than on its first outing, with Knightley playing an acoustic-accented array of instruments (guitars, mandocello, cuatro, bass and harmonica) variously backed by guitar, fiddle and mandocello (Phil Beer), slide guitar (Dave Wood), piano and vocals (Matt Clifford and Knightley-produced fellow Devonian, Jenna) with onetime busker Jerri Hart's trumpet adding interesting textures of its own.

The production, with Knightley sharing honours with Mark Tucker, smooths out many of the rougher edges of the original, noticeably turns down the volume and pays closer attention to lyrical content, Knightley's discernibly heavier, huskier and more characterful voice now coming purposefully (and not a little poignantly in places) into its own.

There's a reason why Knightley has been called, ''one of England's greatest singer-songwriters'' and you'll find evidence enough of his obvious abilities in these nakedly honest songs of hurt and hope.

A bonus track co-written with Seth Lakeman rounds an interesting experiment off. Track of Words - Retraced proves an interesting commentary on the original album and eloquently illustrates the distance travelled by Knightley musically and emotionally in the intervening years. --Michael Quinn

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Shorton on 31 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Originally released over a decade ago, Steve Knightley has re-traced this album, giving it a stripped back, more acoustic feel that its original "radio friendly" release.
As anyone one familiar with Show of Hands has come to expect, this is a quality collection of songs from a quality singer songwriter, very much in the same territory as his SoH output. " You're Mine / Cold Heart of England and Faith in You will be familiar to those who have seen the band in the last few years. However all of these could appear at some time in the SoH's repertoire.
Comparisons with Martyn Joseph, who has covered for Phil Beer's absence from SoH this summer, and toured with Steve in the past are obvious. Both are quality songwriters who produce quality, thought-provoking material, This is the type of album that will be instantaneous to some, but a real grower to others who are less familiar with his past material. In both cases, nobody will be disappointed.
On the last SoH's tour, Steve himself compared Faith in You with "Hi Ho Silver Lining" - don't worry there's far more substance to his version, but the effect is the same. You can't help but sing along.

Go on, treat yourself, - you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Harding on 11 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Track of Words - Retraced is a re-recording of Steve's first solo record from 10 years ago. I have never heard the original but it was produced in a `radio friendly' style to try and make the jump from being a successful roots musician to the mainstream. Phil Beer (the other half of Show of Hands with Steve Knightly) also did the same with the ghastly `Hard Hats' album. Expect to pay silly money for a copy of the original, or do the right thing and buy this splendid recreation.

Track of Words - Retraced is a splendid stripped down production with Steve's voice track overlaying the instrumentation perfectly. This consists predominantly of one or more acoustic guitars and lends a real `folk club' feel. The track list includes `You're Mine' and `Cold heart of England' which will be familiar if you have seen Steve or SoH live. The former is a cracking version and feature the splendid and talented singer songwriter Jenna on piano and vocals and is perhaps the best recorded version.

There is much to admire here and arguably the bonus track `Rock you to sleep' written with Seth Lakeman is not required. However if its inclusion encourages some of Seth's fans to try this, then they will emerge richer for the experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Coupe on 7 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
As ever Steve Knightley shows the versatility of his voice, he has the ablity to make every performance that little bit different. I have enjoyed this as much as his early 'Show of Hands' stuff and recommend it to anyone fond of folk. Great range of 'stuff' and very good listening. The use of the mandola always seems to compliment the tone and range and he has once again written some excellent songs! Just such a telented and good looking guy (my wife insists I put the latter!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Jones on 5 July 2009
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A great collection of songs from Steve Knightley. He is a superb songwriter. You will not be disappointed in this album.
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