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What Else But Love? [CD]

Jon Redfern Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reveal Records
  • ASIN: B0019M638Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Although criticised for being Nick Drake-lite, Jon Redfern's work is full of almost whispered promise. What Else But Love? is his third offering, after May Be Sometime and Acoustic. He's played previously in the folk ensemble Tarras and I Love The Sun from May Be Sometime became something of a downtempo club smash.

What Else But Love? is a very low key, intimate work. You'd hardly say Redfern has a strong voice, but his fragile tones add fierce emotion to the understated work, full of finger-piano and minimalist guitar. Spark In The Sky evokes the mid-tempo grandeur of high-period Pink Floyd. Temporary goes off on a naive reverie. When it goes uptempo, say, on the icy Rowing Away it does so with some élan.

Although the album is not overly memorable it's certainly not dull. I have to say, however, when Becky Unthank - arguably the most astounding voice among her sister Rachel's group the Winterset - steps up for a bit of vocal on the closing Don't Worry, she succeeds in totally eclipsing Redfern.

With its faults being counterbalanced by its promise in almost equal measure, What Else But Love? is a soundtrack for the gathering gloom. --Daryl Easlea

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Jon Redfern - What Else But Love?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Painful Beauty 7 Oct 2008
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Jon Redfern's second album 'what else but love' has an impact that creeps up on you, you hear it for the first time and it's subtlety almost acts as self defence like a deep felt wounded soul that pushes away its warmest friends because of the pain involved. But listen to this album a second and third time and I guarantee you will find yourself having to listen repeatedly, for it repays you the effort and time with the deepest music to be found anywhere today.

Jon went through the trauma of losing his father during the gestation of this record, and the whole thing is simply dedicated "for dad" on the sleeve. This has naturally had a big impact both on Jon and on the
record - in fact "record" is a fairly apt description of the CD - it feels like it is a record of the period. The songs are littered with anxiety, fear, and the inexorable passing of time:
"so many years ago, so wrong, but how could you know,
so many miles apart, you always let me know that you loved me too"

The first track starts off in a reflective mood, Jon's voice low and getting lower, his distinctive guitar sound underpinned by co-arranger Pat Durkan's drums and piano, the song slowly builds and begins to sparkle, Jon's slide guitar and then with a heartfelt cry "Heaven - beyond the void..." Jon lets his voice go and soars with the melody before dropping back to a last unaccompanied phrase. Teaming up this time with fellow Tarras-man Joss Clapp producing, engineering and playing bass on almost everything, they have delivered a great record.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The man deserves al lot better. 13 Feb 2014
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I liked his first record very much and this second one is also very fine. It's disappointing the man doesn't get the attention and promotion he deserves. I recommend his records to every one who likes musical craftmanship, sensitivity and subtle music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what else but brilliant 3 Feb 2009
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Another masterpiece from Mr Redfern, his haunting lyrics should be heard by everyone. A rare talent indeed.
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