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Wake the Union

15 Oct 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Oct 2012
  • Label: Hands On Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Show of Hands
  • Total Length: 56:59
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B009GYUE02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,032 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
For a number of years I've been following Show of Hands as I'm a huge fan of their type of music having grown up in the Lake District with a few folk clubs. So having enjoyed previous titles they've produced, I was looking forward to the latest one and have to say that for me its one of their best to date. That takes you through the full emotional spectrum whether you want the emotional turmoil presented within "Katrina" or "Coming Home" through to the heartache with "Cruel River" and "Seven Curse"s alongside anger in the "I Will Haunt You."

Yet for all that the Album has its uplifting tracks and the wonderful musical talent goes within through a very unique combination of Blues, Folk and a touch of Country that brings the best of all together. All in this is a top notch album that includes tracks that you'll sing along to as well as listen to the lamentation. Great stuff and an album that will be listened to quite a few times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inducker on 2 Dec 2012
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This is the Best Show of Hands album I've heard- though I haven't heard everything they've done so I can't say it's their absolute best. Initially I thought they might be padding it out with some re-cycled stuff-"Cruel River" was the the title track on one of Steve Knightley's (great) solo albums and "Haunt You" has already appeared on a Seth Lakeman CD. These versions are sufficiently different to justify inclusion and, anyway, you can't really complain about value for money when you've got 15 songs overall. I thought the last effort "AIG" was a bit thin in places but "Wake the Union" is solid quality throughout. The real standout is " Coming Home"-if it doesn't break your heart then you've none to break. It does re- visit already -touched- on -themes in Knightley's work but this one really hits home by being beautifully understated. I've seen some negative comments regarding the fairly strong Americana element but I think that's a bit daft. Fretted instrument based folk music IS an American genre, like it or not, and there's nothing wrong with British artists giving it its due. A reminder that probably none of this would have occured without Dylan is another cover of one of the great man's songs: "Seven Curses." This gives Phil Beer the seemingly traditonal once- an- album opportunity to air his vocal cords, (Comparisons with Ringo end there.) Is that a tenor uke he's playing on this? Actually I rather prefer the version here to the recent one by June Tabor and the Oyster band. As always, Mr Beer's multi-instrumental talents are heard to great effect on these songs . This is a suberb album- highly intelligent songs backed by wonderful playing and production.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By belvoirman on 19 Oct 2012
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The guitar on the album cover cleverly visually depicts what this album is all about;contrasting USA influences like The Stars and Stripes and Route 66;with English themes like the Union Jack and A303. 3 years since the release of their last fantastic album, Arrogance,Ignorance and Greed, this record has a wider range of supporting musicians. The core trio of key songwriter and main gravelly voiced singer Steve Knightley with talented multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer and the ever dependable Miranda Sykes on Double Bass, are here accompanied by a wider range of guest musicians , including Seth Lakeman on Viola, Martin Simpson on Slide Guitar, Andy Cutting on Melodeon ,BJ Cole on Pedal Steel Guitar, Leonard Podolak on 5 String Banjo,Phil Henry on Dobro and Hannah Martin on Fiddle.
A number of songs are written from their well established west country background perspective, such as Now You Know( a love song to their homeland ),Cruel River(about the Dart), and Home to a Million Thoughts ( a nice tribute to a local museum in Exeter). In contrast other songs have clear Americana roots,Company Town tells the story of a community's demise when the main employer collapses;Katrina has a ghostly spooky arrangement about the impact of the hurricance of that name,while Aunt Maria recounts Cecil Sharp collecting traditional songs from the USA.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Valley Man on 4 Jan 2013
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I'm a great fan of Show of Hands, but can't help being disappointed with this latest offering.

They've always had some great songs that have stood out on earlier albums, eg the title track from AIG, Country Life, Roots etc etc, but this album has no such track. Yes, the opener Haunt you is a good track but Seth Lakeman's version on his own album is better. 'Katrina' and 'Stop copying me' are also fine enough, the later incorporating some of the humour that is occasionally present in Steve Knightley's lyrics.

There is a tilt to the US in this album, as evident from the cover, but I wish they had stuck to the their traditional English roots in the style of songs. The arrival of Country & Western style slide guitar is a very worrying development. Very evident in 'Who gets to feel good' and in my opinion an awful song. It just grates on me. Please lads, leave that stuff to Messrs Wynette and Parton.

I hope that this is just a temporary set back and the next album will be back to their English Roots - after all they wrote a song about it!
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