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Hearts & Minds [Limited Edition] CD+DVD, Box set

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  • Audio CD (19 July 2010)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Virgin music
  • ASIN: B003IFMXM2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hearts & Minds
  2. The Watchman
  3. Tiny World
  4. Spinning Days
  5. See Them Dance
  6. Stepping Over You
  7. Changes
  8. Tender Traveller
  9. Hard Working Man
  10. Preacher's Ghost
  11. The Circle Grows
  12. Ghost Of You
  13. High St Rose

Disc: 2

  1. The Storm (Live at the Minack)
  2. The Hurlers (Live at the Minack)
  3. King And Country (Live at the Minack)
  4. Blood Red Sky (Live at the Minack)
  5. Solomon Browne (Live at the Minack)
  6. Riflemen Of War (Live at the Minack)
  7. Lady Of The Sea (Live at the Minack)
  8. Greed And Gold (Live at the Minack)
  9. Hearts & Minds (Live at the Minack)
  10. How Much (Live at the Minack)
  11. Take No Rogues (Live at the Minack)
  12. The Colliers (Live at the Minack)
  13. Blood Upon Copper (Live at the Minack)
  14. Poor Man's Heaven (Live at the Minack)
  15. Kitty Jay (Live at the Minack)
  16. Ye Mariners All (Live at the Minack)
  17. Send Yourself Away (Live at the Minack)
  18. The Setting Of The Sun (Live at the Minack)
  19. Race To Be King (Live at the Minack)
  20. Behind The Scenes Featurette
  21. The Circle Grows (Exclusive Edit)

Product Description

BBC Review

Ever since his Mercury Prize nomination for Kitty JayM in 2005, Seth Lakeman has cut a striking figure in conventional folk circles. Loved by traditionalists for his characterful voice and mastery of the fiddle, banjo and viola, his ear for pop melodies–and his good looks–have also won him a faithful wider audience. Five albums into his career, Hearts and Minds follows the lead of 2008's Poor Man's Heaven, which introduced rockier rhythms and pace to his music. But now he has gone even further–so much so that he now hardly sounds like a folk artist at all.

The title-track begins the album with a bang. Fierce, heavy drums and a thick, dirty bassline ­– played by a barely recognisable, growling violin–drives its head-banging beat. Lakeman tells us to "rise up" and feel the "weight of the government's hands", with his protest sounding much more like the work of Muse than Ewan MacColl. "The Watchmen" is a hymn to escapism full of "come ons" and "yeah yeah yeahs", while "Tender Traveller" builds cacophonies of double-stopped strings and struck banjos, as Lakeman sings about "choking" and things "closing in". His statements about Hard Working Men and Preacher's Ghosts can sound heavy-handed, and not unlike the songs of Mumford & Sons. Nonetheless, the way in which acoustic instruments are used to create intensity is very impressive, with the production work of Tchad Blake (whose credits include Tom Waits, Crowded House and Elvis Costello) deserving of praise.

Lakeman's songs are better when they are simpler and gentler, however. "Tiny World"'s lovely lyrics about a girl he's left behind for seven years–with "a full heart and a heavy breeze"–lead beautifully into a chorus which is warm, yet anthemic. "Stepping Over You" shows how moving his playing can be when it is given space to shimmer, while "Changes" uses pizzicato and col legno effects–plucked strings and bows being struck against the wood of an instrument–to create fascinating yet accessible and very lively textures. If Lakeman truly wants to be entertaining and innovative in the future, he would do well to follow this path, rather than revel in rocky rowdiness that will soon tire of clamour.

--Jude Rogers

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Format: Audio CD
I have loved all Seth's previous albums and have seen him live and so I was full of anticipation over the release of Hearts and Minds. I am hoping it will grow on me because, after owning it for a week, I am still disappointed.

What I liked about Seth Lakeman was the evocative lyrics and tunes routed in folk tradition. When I hear songs like Bold Knight, Kitty Jay, Lady of the Sea, I'll Haunt You, The Hurlers I get wonderful pictures in my head. The songs on Hearts and Minds just don't grab me in the same way.

Hearts and Minds feels like sub-Billy Bragg whinging but with violins and mandolins. On previous albums I have been singing along by the second hearing, a week into this one and I can't even hum a single tune.

In my opinion the album is also over-produced and over-orchestrated, lacking the rawness of previous efforts.

In conclusion I hope this is an experimental aberration and not a change of direction for Seth Lakeman.

On the same day I bought Peter Bradley Adams "Traces". Currently I am preferring that.
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By Mrs. Chadwick TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2016
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I’d never heard of Seth Lakeman until I saw him on the BBC1 Breakfast show back in 2008, he was on talking about his album which was “Poor Man’s Heaven”, and they showed some of the single he’d released off the album which was called “The Hurlers”. :-)

Already have his albums “Poor Man’s Heaven” and “Kitty Jay”.

I really liked it so I went to see if Amazon had the CD, they did so I bought that along with a couple of his others. :-)

I love the way he composes and how a lot of his songs are about the Southwest. :-)

If you were to ask me if I’d any favourites I’d have to say yes, it’s the entire CD. :-)

Personally I love this this CD and it’s a must for all Seth Lakeman fans. :-)
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Ignoring the previous contributor's nonsensical, misguided 'review' - let's take a look at the actual music shall we? Following on from the distinctly patchy Poor Man's Heaven, 'Hearts and Minds' marks not only a return to form, but a true progression for one of the UK's most promising young artists.

The album opens with a couple of more traditional Lakeman numbers - both 'Hearts and Minds' and 'The Watchman' offer nothing new or surprising. However from 'Tiny World' onwards, the music begins to unfold, showing subtle textures and offering welcome twists with surprising regularity. From the melodic layers of 'Spinning Days' and jazzy inflections of 'Changes' through to the album's epic closer 'The Circle Grows' (John Martyn anyone?) , this is the unmistakable sound of a young artist growing in both confidence and songwriting ability.

Ther fact that Lakeman manages all of this whilst still staying true to his roots is testament to his enduring talent, both as a performer and songwriter. Without doubt this is an album which bears repeated listening - offering up something new every time. A new and welcome direction then, but more of the same great modern folk music. Outstanding effort.
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After reading reviews in the music press and on Amazon I avoided buying Hearts and Minds for a while. Most were negative. How wrong! So glad I gave in and pressed the 'buy' button. It is different from all his other cd's but it is not a disappointment. I love the rawness of the early work from Punch Bowl to Freedom Fields and Freedom Fields will always be my favorite ( better than the repressing as Lady of the Sea) So good to hear him grow and develope as an artist. I love the passion and production on this new cd and the anthem of Hearts and Minds. So, take no notice of reviews and trust your heart. If you like strong music with its heart in the right place treat yourself.
( I do not understand why people take the time to write bad reviews. OK, if you can make better music yourself then fine. But why whine about your disappointment. Just pass the cd on to someone else who might like it and remember that musicians are people, that music takes a long time to craft, that artists grow and change and develope, and that negativity can bring a heart down.)
I look forward to hearing what comes next from Seth Lakeman, and long to hear him really let rip with that wild devil's violin of his.Hearts & Minds
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Seth Lakeman is undoubtedly a major talent. Along with Spiers and Boden he is at the forefront of the current folk scene, turning out albums that will appeal to a wide audience.

In his first four albums he has moved further from his initially trademark raw, driving, folk sound bringing added and depth to the music. Poor Man's Heaven, the predecessor to this album, is perhaps his finest effort to date, being a classic mix of raw folk roots with poppier overtones.

Here however, I feel he has travelled a little too far. The album opens well enough with the driving drums of Hearts and Minds, with a suitable angry, energised edge to it. But then the album drifts a little. The songwriting and musicianship is good, but the production feels a bit too lush and overdone, robbing the album of its passion and the power to grab the attention of the listener. It's good stuff, don't get me wrong, but in comparison to the five star albums that preceded it, it's not good enough. Four stars.
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