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5.0 out of 5 stars The great Jackie Leven with another great album, 23 Feb. 2007
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me! (Audio CD)
A convivial live performer Jackie Leven has been making quality albums for years. The former Doll By Doll front man has overcome major heroin addiction (as opposed to minor heroin addiction) and an unprovoked attack that left him virtually mute for two years. "Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me" is no exception to the usual quality quotient , thought it's overall tone is mellower with a genial ambience aided greatly by the relaxed performances and Leven,s wonderful burr of a voice.

Produced by Leven along with David Wrench (whose single "Black Roses" from a few years back is a particular favourite of mine) this is an album that takes in the swinging good time vibes of "I've Been Everywhere" to the tangled thicket guitars of "Vox Humana" to the almost limerick like "One Man One Guitar" to the breezy soothing "Another Mans Rain" with supreme confidence .The results as usual are immensely enjoyable.

The album also takes in two homage's , one to the goddess Judee Sill "The Silver In Her Crucifix" , the other to Kevin Coyne "Here Comes The Urban Ravens". Both are tremendous songs , the first a truly lovely ballad the second an even better ballad with cutely picked notes and baleful swathes of keyboard and one that also highlights fully Leven,s lyrical prowess. "The Skaters "is narrated by Johnny Dowd over spectral harmonica, plangent guitar notes and eerie atmospherics. "Mellow Madness" written by Phil Murphy ends up sounding like Saint Etienne recorded at a séance. "Kings Of Infinite Space" showcases Leven, s, effortless vocal style and has a fomented jazz tinge and a deceptively sweet melody. "Childish Blues" trips over a brash New Orleans arrangement while "The Long Hard Field" is classic Leven, the sort of song that caught my attention when I first heard him on "Defending Ancient Springs".

Jackie Leven is classed as a folk artist but he's far more versatile than that, not there is anything wrong with being a folk artist mind. But "Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me" incorporates elements of rock, pop, jazz, soul and lots of other stuff in-between, and in doing so and doing it so well the prolific Leven proves himself- if it ever were in doubt- to be one of the most redoubtable and talented performers operating in Britain today. Clearly he's not ready to pass over the other side yet.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More excitement from the beautiful scotsman, 1 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me! (Audio CD)
Lucky to have one of the promo copies. I have to tell you this is phenomenal. Ok the usual bizarre titles but if "another mans rain" doesn't get some commercial recognition then life just aint fair. But then how else do you describe it when an artist whose work is so heartfelt just remains so unrecognised/unplugged. Superb stuff big fella.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blessing to listen to this new CD!, 13 Feb. 2007
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Ms. A. J. Airey "ajwk" (M/c UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me! (Audio CD)
Fabulous songs, singing, guitar playing from Jackie Leven and with J Dowd reading 'The Skaters' it is wonderfully emotive - every time you hear Kenneth Patchen's work read you get more and more out of it and this is the best CD so far!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lose yourself for an hour, emerge stunned and glad you did it., 24 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me! (Audio CD)
Jackie Leven's work first caught my ears in Doll By Doll days, when I glimpsed a Klimt across the shelves of a record shop and went to investigate.

Ever since, I've dipped in and out, always delighted by the eclectic content, the warmth of the presentation and the daring of the man.

This latest epistle from the ether is the best I've heard yet. This is Leven in his finest form, and I strongly suggest you won't invest a tenner better this year.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 20 Feb. 2007
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John Rw Arter (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Oh What A Blow That Phantom Dealt Me! (Audio CD)
Great album from a singer/songwriter who is so talented and I always look forward to hearing his new music. The CD is outstanding and on only the second hearing I realise this is special and it rates with some of his best work. A must buy and once you start you will want to start buying his other CDs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Standing in another man's...........rain or grave, 3 Mar. 2013
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kimbo (Whitley Bay) - See all my reviews
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Bought this to hear one track..Standing in another man's rain or grave if listening via Rebus. Enjoyed although not my usual genre.
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