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A Stake in the Ground,
This review is from: Mark The Hard Earth (Audio CD)
A lot has changed in the world of Kris Drever since he released his debut solo album `Black Water'. The former Fine Friday member, now one third of multi-award winning tour de force LAU, has put out three long players and seen success with other projects, including collaborations with John McCukser & Roddy Woomble, Eamonn Coyne and Heidi Talbot.
`Mark The Hard Earth' opens with the title track, Kris' first self-penned song on a solo record. It sets the benchmark for the album and picks up where `Navigator', the closing track to `Black Water' left off. Similarities in atmosphere to `Black Water' are perhaps not surprising, seeing as most of the key musicians and the producers remain the same.
`This Old Song' with its fluctuating time signatures, ups the tempo and is the nearest thing on the album to anything like `Harvest Gypsies' on `Black Water'. Elsewhere there are songs by Sandy Wright (`Shining Star' and `Wild Hurricane') as well as the fantastic `Sweet Honey In The Rock', composed by Boo Hewerdine & John McCusker.
The album's closing songs are as strong as its openers with `The Crown Of London' written by Kris' brother Duncan, `The Banks Of The Nile' a beautiful duet with Heidi Talbot and the stirring `Freedom Come A'ye' with guest vocals from Karine Polwart.
`Mark The Hard Earth' is not a ground breaking record. Think of it more as proof, were proof needed, that Kris Drever is one of his generation's great artists. It is an album in the proper sense of the word and you should own it
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2010 20:53:17 GMT
the new strummer says:
The album hasn't been released and there are four so called "customer" reviews. Am I missing something?
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2010 14:08:08 GMT
A lot of musicians, particularly on the folk scene, have their CDs available at gigs, on their website, at selected outlets &c before the 'official' release date so it's perfectly possible that these people have a copy of it (as, indeed, do I).
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