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Retrospective ~ Peter Bruntnell
Retrospective ~ Peter Bruntnell
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Through seven studio albums and a compilation of acoustic versions of album tracks Peter Bruntnell has proved himself to be one of the very finest songwriters ever to come out of the British music scene, certainly the very best that most people have never heard of. When I heard about this CD I assumed that it would be a kind of "best of" to put right the wrongs of the aforementioned neglected brilliance and put the man's finest work out in a belated bid for at least a fraction of the commercial success he richly deserves.

Not a bit of it though. It's almost as though Bruntnell is a little uneasy at the prospect of fame and reasonable amounts of cash coming his way. This… Read more
Dead & Born & Grown [Digipack] ~ Staves
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding debut, 13 Nov 2012
Plenty has been written about the harmonies which are unfailingly lovely throughout this album. Harmonies, or any musicianship, without the underlying songs to support them are pretty pointless so I'm pleased to announce that the songs here are strong themselves and would probably sound perfectly respectable without the aforementioned harmonies. The accompaniment is, for the most part subtle and mixed well down with a few notable exceptions where electric guitars, bass and drums kick in to great effect. The production on this album is as crisp and clear as you'd expect from the combination of Glyn and Ethan Johns and the girls have clearly decided not to drench the whole thing in reverb… Read more
Gift For The End ~ Mariee Sioux
Gift For The End ~ Mariee Sioux
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mariee Sioux is from the same small City in California that is home to both Alela Diane and Joanna Newsom. Like those luminaries of female alt-folk there is an individuality to Mariee Sioux's work which makes it stand out in a genre that is not exactly short of representation in the current music scene.

Not as outrageously talented as Newsom and not as strong-voiced as Diane (with whom she has collaborated), Mariee Sioux sticks to what she knows and does it very well. Her fingerpicking has a beautiful, soft fragility, barely there at times and augmented here by subtle yet evocative instrumentation with flute particularly to the fore. Her voice does not have the range evident… Read more

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