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Fine 2nd album with outstanding vocal harmonies is a cracker
on 10 June 2013
I was wowed by their debut album and have relished seeing them a few times now in live performance and this strong follow up album further consolidates their fine track record to date. These 3 young women have increased in their confidence, brilliant vocal 3 part harmonies are their trademark sound and great strength,at their purest acappella ,sometimes accompanied with a range of interesting subtle and tuneful folk intrumentation including harp,fiddle,banjo,accordion ankle bells and percussive dance. The opening track The Crow on the Cradle blends familiar nursery rhyme and lullaby refrains with a more subtle foreboding message based on the coldwar context it was originally written in to good effect. The track Palaces of Gold written by Leon Rosselson is one of the highlights for me , with sharp and wry thought provoking social commentary in the lyrics about social injustice and upper class advantage, his reaction following the Aberfan disaster , a very special spine tingling performance by the girls. The longest track on the album Lady Maisry,(different spelling from their group name) tells a folk story of unrequited love stullified by social conventions. The one set of tunes Constant Billy/Lie of the Land sees the girls "diddling" in their distinctive scat vocalese style which they have made their own. Their version of a less well known Kate Bush song, This Woman's Work, is another excellent offering from a non folk background for a change, pulled off with some aplomb, giving a female perspective of a womans role around childbirth . The Lady & the Blacksmith tells an excellent story where the blacksmith is after securing a Lady's maidenhead, but in his desperate pursuit gets his come-uppance to good effect, more power to the girls elbow. The Grey Selkie is a magical folklore story with a haunted quality .The production by Andy Bell is fine, keeping the arrangements simple and fresh as you may be lucky enough to see them in live concerts, with one or two subtle embellishments on the intro or fadeout of tracks.Overall an excellent second album which sees the girls going from strenth to strength ,well done,a fine follow up offering .