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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2007
If June Tabor doesn't possess a 500 year soul then I'll eat my pig-faced battle helmet.It's downright frightening the way she injects life into these pieces that span the ages as if she were on hand and personally witnessed the events,and lived the various zeitgeists that inspired them-and then played a part in their documentation.Such is the gravity and authenticity of these performances.Once again Tabor,Emerson,Harries,and Cutting provide a paradigm of propriety in presenting these songs with the thoughfulness and understatement that the subject matter warrants.No overproduction here.Pure beauty,drama,pathos,sincerity,sublety and sympatico.This is possibly their best volume ever.You'd have to be miserably jaded to not recognize the value of this effort.Five stars.Bravo.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 November 2007
Another outstanding work from one our national treasures. There doesn't seem to be a single song that she can't turn her voice to, but particularly outstanding on this album is her version of My Love Came To Dublin & The Old Fashioned Gate, but then I have a penchant for the slow ones, the sadder the better! That said, this has some very sprightly songs on it, which makes it quite a balanced album overall.

I believe a large part of June's success at song interpretation is also to be found in her choice of musicians, who are as equally as deserving of praise for such well-crafted playing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2009
Others have written appropriate words: I think only a poet could accurately communicate the Tabor effect. We have a few artists who paradoxically get better as they age: something the "stars" miserably fail at. Perhaps it is the lack of popular recognition that drives the likes of June Tabor and Richard Thompson onwards and upwards. Both have their deserved laurels but few of them - nothing to sit back and relax on. Can you imagine the like of Barry Manilow or Celine Dion even having an inkling that such progress was possible?

It's easy to choose JTs best CD - it's always the one you just listened to! And all will agree that her next will be even better!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2007
June Tabor is one of the few artists I will buy unheard, her voice gets better and better as time goes on. This new CD is the latest in a long line of classic albums stretching back over thirty years. Quality material, quality musicians and THAT voice. Buy it now!
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on 7 December 2013
Beautiful singing and some new and different interpretations of songs which traditional song fans have known for ever. Add to this wonderfully simple but well thought out accompaniment on melodeon and you have a simply fantastic collection of songs. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2011
Its what you expect really - the same strong warm gently accented voice hitting all the right notes. Not even a sign of any fading, And the songs as well - usual Tabor fare. She likes singing them, her loyal fans like hearing them, but its all rather tame and safe and sleepy. Those sung in French add a slightly different slant, but theres nothing ground breaking or revolutionary here. The musicans hardly help - its all very capable but the same instruments we have come to expect provide the usual mushiness. All nice enough to listen to and Tabor remains dependable. But exciting? No.
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