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In the Bedroom (OST)
In the Bedroom (OST)
Price: £16.49

5.0 out of 5 stars ... gifted another film (which I've not seen) with a wonderful, sensitive sound-scape, 26 Sept. 2015
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Newman gifted another film (which I've not seen) with a wonderful, sensitive sound-scape. He has a signature sound, but always manages to add a degree of experimentation which makes for an interesting listening experience outside of the visual content.


Cast In Steel
Cast In Steel
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay LP but not a great one. The main problem here, 26 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Cast In Steel (Audio CD)
An okay LP but not a great one. The main problem here, as with other more recent A-Ha albums is a lack of power, not just musically, but most notably in Morten's vocal delivery, which used to have an almost operatic grandeur, and power.. everything is just a little lightweight. I hope the boys (he-he) manage another album and go out with a bang, rather than the whimper this is.


The Silicone Veil
The Silicone Veil
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 8 Nov. 2013
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Thank you BBC trailer department for using White Foxes on the `Original British Drama trailer' as I might have otherwise never come across this incredible talent, and that would have been tragic.. Okay, OTT maybe, but Susanne Sundfør is one of those artists that makes you feel excited for the medium of music and song. She crafts works that are dense and complex, weaving a constantly changing tapestry of sound, yet they remain accessible and instantly rewarding, however, repeated plays gives the greatest reward, as the songs sink into your soul. Her voice has control, range and power, that is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck tingle

The Silicone Veil is one of those albums you want to play again as soon as its finished and is nothing short of a triumph... I hope, like me, the BBC trail brings her a new audience, and the recognition she deserves outside of her home country.


Nádúr
Nádúr
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming., 22 Oct. 2013
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I've followed Clannad for thirty years [every album and many concerts], so I was very excited by the prospect of a new album, especially after such a long break, and with the return of Pol Brennan, who's writing I tended to like the most. So it is with some reluctance that I give Nádúr only three stars... There is some very good material on this release, but it is dragged-down by some truly awful writing at times... 'The Fishing Blues', sounds like a rip-off of the terrible 'Octopuses Garden' and has some of the worst lyrics I've had the misfortune to hear... 'A quiet Town' also suffers from dreadful lyrics and it sounds very twee, which is not something I would normally associate with a Clannad track. 'Transatlantic' is a very good piece, but the very end sounds strangely tacked on, as if they did know how to bring the song to a close, as do the Bagpipes on the end of 'Turas Domhsa chon na Galldachd'... the timing of the Bagpipe section does not seem to match with the main melody, making it sound very awkward, which is a pity as the track is very good otherwise.

The rest of the album is very good, though it did not send shivers down the spine like some of their other work, and having to skip over two songs each play is a pain... The high point has to be 'Brave Enough' which is a faultless piece of writing, and almost worth the price of admission alone... Vellum comes very close too.
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Marking Time
Marking Time

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and overwhelmingly beautiful., 9 Aug. 2009
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Richard Skelton releases are normally a rare and wonderful thing, usually put out on his own `Sustain-Release' private press, as [very] limited editions, under various pseudonyms, with a personalised dedication to the purchaser forming part of the package. 'Marking Time' is different as it is being released under his own name, through the label -Preservation- and therefore gives the opportunity for his work to reach a wider audience.

The seven tracks on this release follow Skeltons usual formula of a multi-layered, dense, interwoven mixes of bowed and plucked strings, accordion, piano and other less discernable sounds. He somehow manages to make his music sound sparse and dense at the same time, sometimes you get a powerful wall of sound, at other times a delicate structure will emerge. What this music evokes is a sense of atmosphere and place, that place being the wild landscape close to where he lives, but it can equally conjure a feeling of any wild space, on land, or at the margins by the sea, that are personal to you, the listener.

Skelton is a artist to treasure, and I cannot recommend this and his other releases highly enough.

Take a look at his other `label' release for Tompkins Square under the moniker of `A Broken Consort' titled `A Box Of Birch'

Wonderful!.


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