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Reading Writing And Arithmetic
Reading Writing And Arithmetic
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4.0 out of 5 stars original and pretty good, 14 Jun. 2012
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This very original sounding work is certainly competent, but lacks an edge of brilliance that could set it apart. Easy going and easy listening, quite thoughtful, but no real emotional depth. Pretty good,full of very English vocal charm, and good musical arrangements. Not an all time great perhaps, but nevertheless it is certainly worth a speculative purchase. Quite a nice album overall, but personally I think the later Static And Silence is a superior work.


The Fatherless and the Widow
The Fatherless and the Widow
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fine early work, 6 Jun. 2012
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Every Sixpence album is quite different from every other, and this earliest work displays great talent in its own particular way. The often Christian-orientated lyrics, as with other Sixpence work, meld into the music in a quite undemanding way, and it is the strength of the compositions that carry it off as a successful work. The title track is quite beautiful, and no song disappoints. It is an easy-going album, just perfect to relax to in the quiet of the evening, or whenever. Any appreciator of Sixpence music will enjoy this too, as will anyone who enjoys good music and the gentle voice of Leigh Nash in her youthful years.


Blue on Blue
Blue on Blue
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice, nice, nice., 6 Jun. 2012
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This work is really quite good- and it helps to be in a nice mood to enjoy it. Never poor, never exceptionly good, but always nice, really quite nice. Some of the compositions are quite good and the others are all reasonably......nice. No great risks are taken, no heights or depths explored, everything is just nice. Some may find all this niceness all a bit much, and if you are not in a suitably nice mood, the forty minutes might become quite long.But wait for a nice quiet mood to come your way,switch off the real world, and enjoy.Then it really can be a pleasant way to spend 40 minutes, and the easy going songs and pleasant compositions complement the pleasant voice. Nice, quiet mood music, and a worthwhile solo album.


Collage - A Portrait Of Their
Collage - A Portrait Of Their
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2.0 out of 5 stars a sixpence mish-mash, 6 Jun. 2012
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This 'collage' contains five songs that are otherwise unavailable, plus a mix of songs from their first two albums. Out of these five songs, only two are proper Sixpence compositions, both of which are reasonable enough(one is very good), but is this worth buying just for that? ( Of the others, one is a strange jokey effort,another a grim cover version, and the other an awful dance mix of Love, Salvation,& the Fear of Death.) Any serious appreciator of this band's work will want to have the proper albums, and no 'best of', 'collage',Top Ten, or any other mix does justice. Every Sixpence album is a work of excellence in its own right, and should be listened to as such as a complete work. Every Sixpence album is different from every other, and all attempts to market them as mixes fails,the result being a mish-mash of songs that just don't go together. Individually, there are many great compositions on this album,but the star rating given here reflects its failure to work as an album in its own right. Avoid all mish-mash mixes of this band's work, and buy the proper albums. Not one of them will disappoint.To highlight the amount of thought gone into the marketing of this composition, there is even a spelling mistake on the first song on my copy. Angelthread? No effort whatsoever has gone into the production of the booklet either.


Hymns And Sacred Songs
Hymns And Sacred Songs
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3.0 out of 5 stars nice sunday music!, 5 May 2012
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Time has moved on and the voice of Nash has here lost the angelic sweetness that was apparent in Dawn of Grace.She hardly needed the voice coaching lessons to mature her voice (according to booklet notes), and the engineering of the music often creates a shadow vocal which further detracts from the purity of voice.Nevertheless, it is still a pleasant sound, and the musical arrangements, while professional and pleasant, lack the Slocum twangs that can captivate:and it is by the standards of Sixpence none the richer that this must be judged, since that is how she is known. The main inspiration is in the lyrics, for those that hold strongly to Christian doctrine. Others might find more spiritual inspiration from the lyrics of, say, This Beautiful Mess, an early Sixpence release. There is a nice colour picture of Leigh inside the booklet,(which possibly involved as much work as the song compositions!), better than the rather kooky looking picture on the front. The CD may even come with an FBI warning against piracy- you can just imagine the thousands of counterfeit copies being quietly passed under the pews up and down the country!


This Beautiful Mess
This Beautiful Mess
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5.0 out of 5 stars integrity music, 5 May 2012
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This strong album has the vocals of Nash at a lovely soft and dreamy stage.Far more than potential as yet unrealized,the music fulfills its own potential, taking the band forward towards the brilliance that was to follow on the next release down the line with the excellent Sixpence None The Richer. Lyrically, there is a surprising depth of honesty and integrity, songs of personal and spiritual searching. Musically, it is an excellent balance of strength and softness,the sound being quite strong at times in a few of the early tracks, but don't let that put you off. There is the classic Sixpence sound in 'maybe tomorrow', the lovely 'drifting', the wonderfully evocative 'bleeding', and many other great sounds. Probably this album is relatively little known, yet it's light rock/alternative sound is one that would appeal to many. Really, quite excellent.


Divine Discontent
Divine Discontent
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very accomplished ambum, 5 May 2012
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Here, the band have matured and created a confident collection of songs.It could never have been as good as their previous self-titled album Sixpence None The Richer(what could?), which was off the scale in star ratings, but it is very good none the less. The voice of Nash has lost its innocent quality here and is strong and confident, in keeping with the tempo of the musical arrangements. Lyrically, things have moved on from the searching and questing of the past (no lyrics supplied), and the music reflects this. A highly accomplished album, it is sunshine music, though with some more serious musings also.Excellent.


The Dawn Of Grace
The Dawn Of Grace

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4.0 out of 5 stars a peaceful half hour, 5 May 2012
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This is quiet mood music,and it can slowly grow on you, revealing its pleasant nuances, soothed along by a pure and angelic voice. The musical arrangements are relatively simple,and that is part of its charm. Some of the compositions are really very good. Music for any time of year, not just Christmas, and enjoyable by anyone who can lay aside anti-Christian hang-ups. Somewhat short at just 30 minutes plus the final track which is very simple and hymn-like. All in all, a very soothing half hour.Quite lovely really.


Sixpence None The Richer
Sixpence None The Richer
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5.0 out of 5 stars best album ever?, 5 May 2012
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This album is simply brilliant, where the well known hit songs provide a very pleasant balance to the real music. This is music with real depth and emotion, musical ability and a voice of rich depth of feeling. This is dreamtime music, something to lose yourself in for 50 minutes. It is Sixpence at their creative best.Brilliant! It may take several listens before the depths and meanings slowly reveal themselves, just as should be. The first set of three songs sets the mood, with their excellent compositions and rich meanings. After the very pleasant interlude of 'kiss me', the musical arrangements of the next two songs are superb, especially the strings, with the voice carrying great emotion. 'I can't catch you' provides a lovely contrast, then 'lines of my earth' leads in to the next set of three: the emotions of 'sister,mother', the deep melancholy of 'I won't stay long', and then the heights and depths of 'love', with its rich meaning and wonderfully restrained guitar riffs. 'Moving on' gently lowers the intensity, and the cover version of 'there she goes' sits perfectly with this whole work and brings it to completion. Finally, the band photo is just right for this album, completely natural,with no attempt to project an image. Best album ever? Who knows, that is a highly subjective thing, but don't miss it.


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