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2.0 out of 5 stars I so want to like this, 28 Aug 2011
This review is from: Ashore (Audio CD)
But I just don't. June Tabor has a wonderful voice. She is a consummate performer of song, usually traditional. I have many of her albums. But, by God, I wish she would lighten up a bit these days. There are two upbeat tracks here, and they're both renditions of French folk songs. Everything else has been reduced to a dirge. In all humility I want to say to her "June, not everything is an Art Song. Not everything has to be sacrificed to the beauty of the sound. Sometimes you need to tell the story and this may involve even ugly sounds at times. These were not all songs-to-cut-your-throat-by. Cheer up!"

Now I know that this is going to annoy the Tabor fans; I know I'll get a lot of Not helpful votes for this review. But it has to be said that there is a whole world of fine singing out there which doesn't leave you wanting to weep at the misery of the human lot. I remember Martin Carthy on stage a few years ago saying "We don't do jolly", but honestly, he's a little ray of sunshine in comparison with the JT of this album.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2011 22:34:40 BDT
P. Parker says:
So John, in comparison to an "average" Richard T recording how miserable is Ashore?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2011 07:24:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Oct 2011 07:24:50 BDT
Ha! Hoist on my own petard . . .
I think I'd say that Richard T is sort of upbeat-miserable while most of this CD is slow and "oh get on with it" miserable. Or, in the immortal words of Chuck Berry, you "lose the beauty of the melody, until it sounds just like a symphony" or a Bruckner adagio, at least.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2011 09:20:55 BDT
P. Parker says:
Having most of JT's recordings and having read the various reviews I've ordered Ashore and may make further comment when I get home (holiday) and listen to it.

Incidently, talking of upbeat-miserable I have just played the last four tracks from RT at the Beeb including the, amazingly, not-too-miserable "live" recording of 'Meet on the Ledge' - 2009, a mere 43 years after he wrote it.

Posted on 23 Aug 2012 18:39:59 BDT
I like misery, but lets be fair this is a valid point of view ... still good though.
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