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The Huntress
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2012
Well! I see various reviews rating this album as 'boring' or 'dull'. Saw the girls at Peterborough Cathedral before Christmas and they were stunning. The performance of the night for me was 'She Moved Through The Fayre' and the recorded version on this album is just as spellbinding. I have to value peoples opinions but I think their albums have layers (to paraphrase Shrek) that cannot be hastily judged. Sometimes the ears have to give way to the heart. You just have to see beauty in the voices - I sat at the back at the aforementioned show in tears for both personal reasons I will not burdon you with and the purity of those voices - but it is the harmony that reaches your soul that the Mediaevel Baebes are all about. Please keep this album on your play list and I am sure it will jump out at you one day. Close friends tell me I will love Marillion's 'Radiation' album one day...but I never will so please feel free to mock me. We love music because it touches our souls - be true to yourselves! But give this album a chance. Take care and have a great 2013.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2013
I didn't buy my copy of Huntress from Amazon but feel like I need to add a positive review to counteract all the negative ones.

I pre-ordered this from the Mediaeval Baebes website about a year ago and forgot about it so it was a nice surprise to finally receive it - Huntress boasts stunning cover and disc artwork plus my copy was autographed by the Baebes and included an extra cd of two bonus tracks - "Infidis" and "Timor Mortis Conturbat Me" - both excellent.

As for the main album, there was not one song I didn't like - all of them haunting and powerful, particularly "She Walks In Beauty" - the Baebes take on Lord Byron's poem, the eerie "Jennet's Song", a fresh take on "Dies Irae", and beautiful harmonies on "Cathedral of Song" and "Phantom". The words and music of "Clasp of a Lion" completely blew me away - I'd like to eventually see a whole album of Eastern/Arab mediaeval songs as I very much like the Baebes' take on these.

I've seen the Baebes in two previous Christmas concerts but, sadly, they weren't performing anywhere near me this year (please, please come to Winchester Cathedral next year if you can!). However, this album made a good substitute and I can't say my (albeit untrained) ear detected any bad quality! The Baebes work hard and fund themselves to bring us this phenomenal music and I can't wait to hear more of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2013
the first few I listened to the Baebes new album, I really wasn't sure what to make of it. I had discovered them in the rather robust Illumination phase, and this is no illumination. Instead it is a thoughtful, pared bared back album that gives centre stage tot heir voices and the harmonies. it was on about the 5th listen through that I really appreciated it and now it is my favourite album of theirs. he harmonies are sophisticated and a joy to the ear. I love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2015
Well, I like the music a lot but am quite embarrassed to watch their videos. They are the cheesiest thing ever. I'm not even sure I would feel right saying I like them because someone will say "oh we know why you like them, you dirty fellow". why, Why, why do they have to have that sort of image. It's genuinely crap. They look so self conscious as if they think no one will buy the record unless they cavort around in slinky dresses. Not good.
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on 13 October 2014
Watch the video of Veni Veni Bella - fab ladies both vocally and very stunning to look at. A good easy listening album but not to all tastes.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2012
The long wait is finally over for the new Mediaeval Baebes double CD. The Huntress is up to the usual high standard that we have come to expect from this talented group of girls. The songs are very well written and put to suitable music, mainly arranged and written by Katharine Blake, who has been the leader of the group since their arrival. For myself the highlight are, 'Under the Willow Tree' and 'Veni Veni Bella', all the rest are great too. If you are a fan, or a new convert, this is worth getting.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2012
Not one of their best sounds very basic compared to their other CDs, the Rose was their best CD, sound quality is rather poor and sounds quite thin at times could do with a few more instruments and harmonies a bit of beefing up, a bit disappointing, I am a massive Baebes fan they are great live, I think they need some new ideas
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Mediaeval Baebes have been active for just over 15 years now and have released 6 stunningly beautiful and very different studio albums. This month sees the release of their seventh album, The Huntress.
It really is a fantastic album, with echoes of their fourth album The Rose. Some of the songs are instantly recognisable, such as the sumptuous 'She Moved Through The Fayre' and the deadly 'Cruel Sister'.
Soprano Esther Dee really puts her vocals to the test on tracks like 'Dianae', and Sarah Kayte Foster dazzles on the unsettling 'Jennet's Song'.
Founding member Katharine Blake set herself the monumental task of not only writing and singing, but also producing and mixing this album, and listening to the end result, you would think it was effortless, it sounds so pure.
If you are a new listener of the Baebes, or are looking for something a bit different, then this is perfect. I couldn't possibly choose standout tracks, they're all so fantastic.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2012
Another good album. These girls can do no wrong! A bit more laid back than there other albums - ideal for chillin' out. Highly recommend.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
Its another one to the collection and its great, if you are just relaxing with a glass of wine this is the music you need.
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