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  • Audio CD (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Honest Jon's Records
  • ASIN: B0039Y97PI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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For a start, traditional folk crossed with country, multiplied by the trickiness of medieval music and the swagger of classic rock. Anthemic visions of the British landscape as a fantastic and treacherous netherworld, set to vying country-style duets, Bowie-esque stomps and the mysterious, serpentine melodies of Earlie Musik.

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God help them, the staggering, slavering, stumbling creature they have spawned is a handsome mungrel.
-- The Sunday Times

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OK, so this is not earth-shattering stuff but... I started to wonder if I was listening to the same CD as the guys who wrote the other two reviews.

Personally, I think the Guardian review got it about right - this is lyrically well-crafted, well played, well-produced and, most importantly, beautifully sung material at the more baroque, exploratory end of the current folk-pop spectrum. (And it doesn't take itself too seriously). Best enjoyed for its own sake, maybe, rather than on the basis of who else it might or might not sound like?
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No sophmore slump here, "Abandoned Love" is every bit as strong as last year's "Carbeth".Since the 1st couple of reviews really kind of slammed this album, I would suggest going to their Myspace page (or the Honest Jon's website)and listen for yourself.
This release is no more "pop" or the songs less strong than on the debut. Fairport and other luminaries of the late 60s/early 70s British folk-rock movement are obvious inspirations, but to say that Trembling Bells don't bring something new to the table is just silly.Lavinia Blackwall's near operatic voice and organ flourishes add a mediaveal touch and Alex Neilson's always impressive drumming (and vocal contributions) give the Bells a sound that is uniquely their own and continue to make them a band to watch in the coming years.
Also check out I Grew from a Stone to a Statuefrom Vinnie & Alex's other song based project Black Flowers as well as their (more experimental) Directing Hand releases.
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I am glad at least some reviewers have moved on from this "Trembling Bells sound like Fairport" stuff, which I find quite misleading. I cannot compare Abandoned Love to the earlier album because I haven't heard the latter...but I would say that Abandoned Love has some of the best folk rock tracks I have heard for decades. I only hold back from 5 stars because the inclusion of the poppier/rockier tracks doesn't quite work for me. I acknowledge that the band are trying to do something a bit different and avoid a single sound that could lead to accusations of excessive 'retro' orientations. On the other hand if they are trying to be eccentric for its own sake, that's a blind alley. The fact - or at least it is a fact in the context of my tastes - is that there are three or four tracks on here that I would put in a folk-rock top twenty. I would particularly recommend to fans of Shirley Collins' electric material, Trees and early Richard and Linda Thompson.
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Abandoned Love opens, to my thinking, with a beautiful folk-rock song (Adieu England) that would make a perfect closing track but seems mis-placed at the helm, and with this move Trembling Bells set a curious precedent for a remarkable, alternately gorgeous and bonkers set of songs. The lovely album sleeve suggests more than a passing flirtation with the music of days of yore, but the unsuspecting listener might stray into this album and get somewhat more than they bargained upon: Americana and almost-ill-advised folk-rock knees-ups, for instance.

By the third track they are morphing deliriously from Incredible String Band playfulness into a Bowie-esque glam-rock singalong, which might not make perfect sense, or work that well as a sonic backdrop to a read of the Canterbury Tales, but which is a bit like a walk through a hall of bendy mirrors. Sometimes pausing simply to take delight is all we need to do.

Here we get some really charming neo-medieval bufoonery, married to feverish percussion and gritty guitars, and the brightest star in this firmament, Lavinia Blackwell, singing like a skylark, her voice having a clarity and suppleness that fits beautifully with any and all the shapes that the band conjure. Nobody has mentioned Toyah, but for some reason I detect some echo of her in Lavinia's abandon, something about that delightful loopiness and fearless sense of adventure.

Will Summers, crucial multi-instrumentalist in Circulus, guests here on several tracks, with an arsenal of blown sounds on crumhorn, recorders, shawm and flute, and his presence is I think another of the key charms on this album. My favourite tracks tend to feature his input, the joyous Man Is As A Garden Born and the eerie, stately September Is The Month Of Death being two.
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No, this didn't really meet my expectations. I saw Lavinia Blackwall (the lead female singer) as part of a Sandy Denny tribute concert a few years ago, and she was sensational; which is why I bought this CD, from the same period, but her voice is rather subdued by the arrangements on the CD, and the words aren't sung clearly, as if they're all taking a pose rather than wishing to be understood. "Ravenna"'s a good track, though.
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