on 12 July 2000
This incredible CD will appeal not just to fans of traditional English folk music but also to lovers of a cappella and harmony, choirs, classical buffs and anyone who appreciates skillfully crafted melodious tunes and the pure joy of singing. 'What We Sing ...' is a best of Coope, Boyes & Simpson including old, new, traditional and contemporary pieces from three talented men whose voices wrap you up and keep you warm inside. These are songs of the senses - feel the texture of the harmonies, taste the bitter-sweet emotional honesty of the words, watch the melodies dance among the ups and downs of tangled generations. Don't miss the experience of harmonies that effortlessly weave a magic carpet to fly you home. (TW).
on 11 April 2006
Only heard of Coope, Boyes and Simpson for the first time last year via Mike Harding on Radio 2. This is a gorgeous album, mixing traditional songs like Ten Thousand Miles (beautifully arranged by Nic Jones and CB&S, and movingly sung)and Sprig of Time .... with their own material such as Falling Slowly, The Levelution etc. The opening bars of Broken Hearted Among the Pines, written by Jim Boyes, make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, even after listening to it so many times the laser must be wearing a groove in the disc.The harmonies are complex and transfixing and the material is deftly chosen e.g. Like Another Rolling Stone, so that you don't just have to be an acappella-loving folkie to appreciate it... though that will probably help.If you want to hear what can be done by the unadorned human voice this is a good place to start.
on 23 September 2008
Singing with force and verve and commitment. These guys ask a lot of tricky questions about society. Left of centre and critical of the way this land has gone.
Highly recommended artists whether singing carols, protest songs, working songs or songs and words about the Great War.
I think everyone should listen to at least 2 cds by Coope Boyes and Simpson and one by Roy Bailey.