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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candidate - contenders for album of the year, 17 Nov 2002
This review is from: Nuada: Music Inspired By the Film the Wicker Man (Audio CD)
Candidate are the great unsung heroes of the British music scene and if you haven’t caught up with the band’s work yet, then Nuada is the perfect introduction.
The new record is the group’s third album – a successor to last year’s heart-rending and beautiful Tiger Flies. Nuada is subtitled “music inspired by The Wicker Man,” apparently one of the group’s favourite movies. This means even more atmospheric, folkey moments than usual, as well as some intriguing lyrical references to the unusual 1973 British cult horror film.
But you don’t have to be a movie buff to enjoy this record. The concept of the album is eclipsed by some impossibly catchy tunes, with Sowing Song and Beautiful Birds as prime examples of the kind of soaring, sing-along acoustic pop that Candidate do best. Special guests on the album include Jason Hazeley from Ben & Jason as well as folk legend Bert Jansch. And, as an additional bonus, the CD also features a 12-minute documentary that the band made when they visited the Scottish locations used in The Wicker Man as inspiration for the music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whicker wonder, 22 Mar 2007
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This review is from: Nuada: Music Inspired By the Film the Wicker Man (Audio CD)
Inspired by a cult classic, this album really deserves more than remaining a secret for the few.

This is my one and only Candidate album, but I shall definitely be adding their other releases to my wish list. Equal parts intense and playful, this really is what modern acoustica/ folk should be about. It lends from the old but always keeps a foot firmly in the new.

Wonderful vocals with a genuine warmth and emotion. Up there with Gravenhurst. Good stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way-hay, 16 Nov 2007
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K. C. Simm "kenart" (Lancashire UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nuada: Music Inspired By the Film the Wicker Man (Audio CD)
Bought this yesterday, arrived today playing it now for the sixth time absolutely love it. Although The Wicker Man happens to be one of my favourite films as other reviewers have suggested it is not essential that you know the film.
The album is at times folky, poppy, (in a good way) even jazzy. An album of well arranged foot tappingly good very accessable songs. Buy it listen and enjoy I promise you will not be disappointed. Going to buy some more.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruddy marvellous, lovely stuff, 12 Aug 2003
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With this, another of their records, the Candidate troubadours consolidate their reputation as one of the finest bands to ever use a penny whistle. Charismatic frontman Joel weaves hand-crafted tales of love, loss, redemption, salvation, emancipation, renovation, condensation, and 70s horror films. The others play along behind him, as is the way with all classic bands. Particularly good is that one they do that goes "Da da di da da di daa-DA". I like that one.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accidental Acceptance, 14 May 2007
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I can thank Amazon's "if you like that, you might like this" function for my purchase of this album. I'm not really complaining.

Yes, I only bought because I was on a Wicker Man phase, but I played it a lot and went back to it after several months. That's got to mean something in these multi-media packed days, hasn't it.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars massive let down (then I changed my mind), 21 May 2009
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John R. J. Taylor "jumbo" (london uk) - See all my reviews
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Bought this cos I love folk especially acid folk and wicker man et al, this CD is at best average, the other reviewers giving this over the top praise really need to get out more. The arrangements and harmonies are lazy and unfocused in places, this is MOR pop pap folk by people who have possibly believed their own hype and buyers who definitely have. If you want a good album of this kind of thing go get CSN or similar simply streets ahead.

I listened to it again just now and its actually pretty good, I must have been in a strange mood when I first reviewed this. The harmonising is still a bit dodgy and the instrumentation a bit raggedy, but this probably makes it what it is, still I like it a lot more. Just shows how mood can affect perception.
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