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The Fire Inside
The Fire Inside
Price: £7.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Total Delight, 19 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Fire Inside (Audio CD)
There's plenty to get fired up about on this enthralling debut album. Over the 12 songs there is displayed a masterful range of vocal treatments and instrumentation. From the upbeat 'band' type tunes, jaunty folk style numbers, hook laden pop arrangements to the reflective piano based ballads there's so much to enjoy here. It's a sure sign of a great album when you can't really pick a favourite because of the consistent high quality throughout. I hope this album receives the high acclaim it deserves.
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Smoke Fairies
Smoke Fairies
Price: £8.42

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If ears could eat..., 17 April 2014
This review is from: Smoke Fairies (Audio CD)
...then they'd be taking their time over this exquisite album savouring the many rich textures, delicious vocals, wonderfully seasoned arrangements and diverse compositions beautifully juxtaposed with not a bit of extra fat in sight! On this new Smoke Fairies offering everything is in the right place and you'll finish your listen feeling perfectly satisfied. On the music menu for 2014 this is a standout dish and one that you'll be returning to again and again. Go on...indulge yourself!


Snapshots
Snapshots
Price: £7.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Takes You Higher, 13 Mar 2014
This review is from: Snapshots (MP3 Download)
If you are wanting music that transports you far away and yet calms the inner self then this is it. Following the themes of new life, love and loss the exquisite juxtapositions of piano and oriental tinged strings and woodwind both stir and soothe in equal measure. This albums ability to haunt is most apparent on the stunning 2 minute stand alone violin solo 'To The Ends of the Earth' before the concluding piano pieces gently wrap themselves around you like the softest of duvet covers. The only reason I've given this a 4 star and not 5 is for the albums shortness at 30mins.


Lily and Madeleine
Lily and Madeleine
Price: £10.81

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Delight, 27 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Lily and Madeleine (Audio CD)
From start to finish this debut album is totally enthralling. There's nothing complicated here, just beautifully written songs filled with delicious harmonies and finely balanced instrumentation that allows the duos voices the prominence they deserve. It's incredible that these sisters are just 16 and 18 years old as there is a timeless quality in their music. I think I'll be listening to this album until the end of time!


The Hurry And The Harm
The Hurry And The Harm
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Price: £9.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly Beautiful, 12 Jun 2013
This review is from: The Hurry And The Harm (Audio CD)
I cannot begin to tell you about the beautiful, haunting moments on this album that speak of hope, longing, restlessness, home and searching for a place in this world. If this sounds bleak to you, don't be put off because Dallas Green sings with such rich emotion that everyone song connects in some way leaving you with the feeling that you've spent time with a fellow journeyman in life. There's a fine balance on this album between the singers personal pains and his identification with all our hopes and fears. The vocals are exquisite and effortless though never over indulgent. 'The Hurry and The Harm' is a stunning collection of songs well worth shelling out your hard earned money on :)


Promises
Promises
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Promises fulfilled!, 14 May 2013
This review is from: Promises (Audio CD)
I've read on other review sites that the pleasure of listening to this album diminishes on repeated listens. Don't believe them! Having played this latest TBR offering half a dozen times now I am lured more and more into the beautifully weaved layers of sounds and emotive vocals. This is as good as the previous 'The Cold Still' if not better and probably the bands most accessible album yet, especially for new fans. TBR have certainly honed their craft here and know how to stir a rich array of emotions. The instrumentation is second to none and singing as haunting as ever. Go buy!


Holy Fire
Holy Fire
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £5.10

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Holy Five!, 21 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Holy Fire (Audio CD)
A fine body of work that connects more immediately than on previous albums but still has the strength in depth to reward you further on repeated listens. Foals trademark hooks and querky beats are still very evident but this time around they seem more effortlessly achieved. I've been playing it everyday since the day of its release...and they say albums aren't what they used to be!


Mtn Tune
Mtn Tune

5.0 out of 5 stars Trail blazer, 13 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Mtn Tune (MP3 Download)
Within seconds I'm hooked and this mazy tune remains upbeat and uplifting throughout. The vocal interplay works a treat too. Check it out!


Border Crosser
Border Crosser

5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious, 13 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Border Crosser (MP3 Download)
I dare anyone not to like this beautiful tune. From start to finish I'm taken somewhere else. I so hope this song is on the up and coming Trails and Ways new album.


Portrait
Portrait
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive Debut, 11 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Portrait (MP3 Download)
In an age of so much manufactured pop purveyed by teenage boy/girl brands its a relief when you hear a debut album from someone who's grafted and crafted their sound throughout their 20s. This album crosses many genres with Josephine drawing on all the musical influences in her life from Northern Soul to her African heritage. There's a beautiful simplicity and impressive assuredness in every song on this album. I highly recommend it.


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