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5.0 out of 5 stars Vocal Perfection and Songs to Match., 25 Feb 2008
William J. Walker "Billyjay" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Night Visiting (Audio CD)
I must admit I'm not normally one to allow the quality of the singing to take precedent over song quality and arrangement in assessing an album's qualities. My first reaction to hearing a beautiful voice is 'yes but what about the songs'? In this case I have to make a slight exception, as, from start to finish I found myself totally captivated by the sound of Bella Hardy's voice. It is as pure and clear a voice as you will hear, and in that it is not so unusual(particularly in the folk arena)but there is an underlying substance or weight, indefinable, that makes for comparisons to the greats. It is fairly common, these days to say 'reminds me of' Sandy Denny or Anne Briggs' meaning little more than that the artist is recording in a similar style, But in this case such comparisons seem reasonable.

And so to the album: A collection of eleven songs, two originals, a Kristina Olsen cover and Trad/arr... for the rest. The two self penned songs show an artist with enormous potential(if she could get an albums worth of this quality together...)and the other material has been well chosen as there is not a duffer amongst them. At this point I might be tempted to list the highlights, but since this would entail list most of the tracks on the album I shan't do so. The arrangements of the songs have a crisp modernity to them and all the backing(including her own fiddle playing)is faultless.

It should be remembered that this is a folk album and not one that has been watered down to extend its appeal but, having said that, its sheer class should see it reach a few people who might not normally be tempted.
Suffice it to say: Highly recommended.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Brit folk, 19 Nov 2007
E. C Goodstein (Northern CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This is I think an amazing debut. Really memorable performances of all the songs-- and Krista Olsen's "Heart Hill" and the two by her
fit right in. I love the very well considered accompaniment too & her singing has a poignancy and mature expression beyond her years.
In some ways Hardy reminds me of Anne Briggs, but also very nice more contemporary singers like Kate Rushby and Cara Dillon, but not as
winsome. Beautiful stuff-- my fave trad. folk album of the year, and one of
my fave albums of any genre.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fully-fledged song lark is making her mark, 29 July 2009
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The CD offers good old-fashioned, traditional folk musik with the song lark, Bella Hardy - young, beautiful and fun-loving - the b/w photos on the inside of the cover confirms this, as she flashes her dazzling smile at us. She has such a lovely voice, clear as a silver bell. A great selection of brilliant songs performed beautifully.

A number of Bella's musical friends have lent her a helping hand, playing different instruments on various tracks, such as harp, fiddle, whistles, accordion, concertina and melodeon, to name but a few.

True to the folk tradition most of the songs are rather sad and cruel. It is the kind of music you play when you want to wind down and relax, maybe even daydream and get carried away, while you count your blessings. There are tales about the true love, gone into battle, who comes visiting unexpectedly at midnight for in the end only to leave three feathers behind and the raven watching intently. Intriguing, without doubt. And there are more stories to capture our imagination - how about the love that can never be when class differences get in the way? We hear of plots of running away together for to live together happily ever after; young men going to war; the suffering of the consequences of shooting a swan by mistake. And not forgetting Emily's father, who turns into a cruel murderer, when drowning and sinking Young Edmund into the sea - what a way to reward him for bringing back gold! The list of this kind of dramatic and cruel, but nevertheless fascinating, stories just goes on and on.

Exceptions are a couple of more cheerful songs, delighting in the wonders of nature and the freedom of happy lovers running bare-foot across the green hills. Interesting are Bella's version of Kristina Olsen's more contemporary, yet sad, song, as is Bella's take on the not-so-happy ending of Jane Eyre.
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