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Cool & Unusual
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2001
These reviews can be a bit one-sided. Would you take time to review an album which didn't bother you one way or the other all that much. Needless to say, I'm going to rave about this one. Martin Simpson posesses a miraculous touch, and the combination of styles on this album make it a real treat. You can hear American and English folk blended with something altogether more exotic from the other instrumentalists. Every time you listen, you'll hear something different.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2001
I bought this CD by mistake thinking it was by Martin Stephenson. This turned out to be one of the most fortuitous mistakes I've ever made. It is a wonderful CD that never ceases to move me, comprising an excellent combination of traditional British music and American blues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2005
Martin Simpson is undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists alive today, a virtuoso fingerstyle genius, who is technically stunning without ever compromising the music. He is a tremendously knowledgable and influential within his chosen style, and beyond, and yet many people know nothing about this great guitarist, because he plays traditional music.
For folk and world music enthusiasts, Mr Simpson has long been an important artist, but "Cool and Unusual" has a tremendous amount to offer to any fan of guitar, or to lovers of honest, passionate music of any kind. Featured here are a mixture of original compositions and traditional material, and this is
a varied and beautiful collection. "Shepherd's Delight" is a wonderful 3-part jig, and one of the most fluent and precise pieces of guitar playing I have ever heard.
For a taste of melodic and accessible traditional music with a wonderfully understated sound, this is a perfect choice, and very highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I have been moved to supply a review - for the first time.
I'm a jazz guitar fan, and came across Martin Simpson when he toured with Martin Taylor. His playing was impressive, and I bought this album as it seemed to be the least 'folksy' in his canon.
Exactly right - some traditional British themes, mixed liberally with American blues amd third world instrumentation. But the most impressive thing is the simple, visceral elegance of the man's playing and arrangements. Track 5 (The Week Before Easter) truly moves me to tears every time I listen to it.
I thoroughly recommend that you get this whatever style of music you favour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2005
I've just seen this man perform for the first time in my life and met him back stage. What a humble and down to earth guy. All I can say is that musicians may have been made for the guitar, but the guitar was certainly made for Martin Simpson. I agree with the other reviewer that his compositions here are so touching, especially The week before easter. I'm finding it difficult to leave listening to it right now and walk away. This album is a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2005
This album is a collection of truly beautiful, emotive, instrumental tracks. I don't know why, but it gets to me more than any other album in my collection - sweet, often intricate artistry and a delicate production. If you like acoustic guitar rooted in folk you absolutely will not be disappointed in this.
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