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on 13 November 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 in the style of those other notable harmonisers The Fleet Foxes. Listen through headphones and the vocals sound as though they are being whispered in your ear which is, in my opinion, exactly as it should be when the vocals are the undisputed strong point of the band.
One very slight criticism of the album as a whole would be that there is a certain uniformity of mood and "feel" to these songs. It's all a bit safe, all a bit nice and even when the F word is used it is dropped into the song in a slightly apologetic way as though it were the only thing they could think of to rhyme with "luck". A very minor criticism though and it should not deter you from checking out this wonderful album. It's come from the same stable as Marling, Mumfords, Emmy, Noah, Flynn and co but in my opinion surpassed them all at the first attempt.