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This review is from: Songs for the Young at Heart: Limited Edition/+Book (Audio CD)
For your money you receive a thick book of even thicker pages that tell the story of 'The Lion & Albert'. On the Cd are 2 narratives , 3 instrumentals (1 original) & 8 songs (1 original) - length of Cd is 36 minutes & 15 seconds.
The presence of 2 Tindersticks led me to believe this selection of childhood favourites might sound like a Tindersticks album with various guest artists stepping into the Stuart Staples role. A false belief I'm afraid. Not that I blame the participants, it's just that with all their collective creativity, I expected the extraordinary to happen. Don't believe for one moment this album lacks charm or that the material is treated crassly or slovenly, it's just incredibly faithful to the original versions, most of which can be bought on Castle's double 'Those Pesky Kids.'
Cerys Matthews, for instance, whose voice normally sounds like a strangled cat, gives a restrained reading of White Horses that is pleasant enough but begs the question 'why bother' if all you're going to do is approximate Jacky or Claudine Longet - at least Lucy Street turned it into something you could dance to. Oh, and instead of Cerys Matthews why wasn't Angie Tillett (Death By chocolate & Lollipop Train) chosen to contribute? Stuart Staples version of Hushabye Mountain is beautiful but adds nothing new to the original or Bobbie Gentry's definitive version. Jarvis Cocker & Martin Wallace narrate 2 stories that are hard to criticize but don't bare repeated listens. Bonnie Prince Billy & Red add a suitable junkie warble to Puff The Magic Dragon that does help you forget the god arwful childrens choir that featured on Uncle Sigmund's Clockwork Storybook.
This is not a bad album by any means and if you are not blighted by the brilliance of the originals and enjoy the concept of the cover album then there is much to enjoy. But if you're after that authentic childhood vibe of the 70s, then may I suggest you invest in Trunk's 'Fuzzy-Felt Folk' & the afore-mentioned 'Those Pesky Kids.'