Hill of Thieves CD
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Cara’s highly anticipated album, Hill of Thieves, shows a phenomenal return to her roots with some of the finest renditions and vocal performances she has ever recorded. This is demonstrated by her 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for 'Folk Singer of the Year' and 'Best Album'.
There are some musicians who develop with every new release. With a brace of awards, praise from her peers and an ever-growing following, Cara Dillon certainly fits that particular bill. Her fourth album perfectly demonstrates how keeping things simple really pays off.
A beautifully balanced production, brimming with sparkling guitar, piano, wistful uilleann pipes and Dillon's shimmering vocals, this first release for her own Charcoal Records delivers a smoldering collection of traditional tunes. With the beguiling title track as the only original composition, the join between between old and new is seamless.
Although She Moved Through The Fair may be something of a well-worn classic, when Dillon sings those words, it's as though we're hearing it for the first time. Similarly on Spencer The Rover, where she shares vocals with brother-in-law Seth Lakeman, somehow transcends its familiarity.
Perhaps the only faltering moment is her rendition of the ballad, False, False. Steeped in pain and betrayal, arguably the definitive version of this song was captured by June Tabor on her 1994 album, Against the Streams, where that mature voice added extra layers of depth and poignancy.
Although entirely admirable, Dillon's vocal seems a touch too sweet, perhaps too innocent even, lacking the weathered regret which Tabor effortlessly conveys. That aside, there's no denying that husband Sam Lakeman's doleful piano and Ben Nicholls' unfettered on acoustic bass underscore the tune's air of loss and remorse to perfection.
Following on from 2006's, After the Morning, simplicity really is the essence of her craft. The emotive unaccompanied vocal of the Gaelic tune Fil,Fil A Run O provides the most eloquent explanation as to why Dillon's singing is so rightly valued. It's impossible not be held spellbound.
Released at a time of year when the evenings are cold and dark, Hill of Thieves is a kind of rich comfort food for the soul, bringing some much-needed light and warmth. Artists this good deserved to be savored. --Sid Smith
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Having watched this artist with interest over the past couple of years, I was interested to see where exactly she was going to go from 2006's hopeful, genre hopping 'After The Morning'. Label letdowns and a lacklustre promotional campaign hindered this record's success, leaving it with an ill-deserved fate as one of those albums that Could Have Been Big.
Dillon and her musical partner and husband Sam Lakeman, let down one too many times by industry promises, clearly spent the next couple of years rethinking things and cutting free completely. Now in the driver's seat (on her own label, Charcoal Records), Cara Dillon emerges as a master of her genre with this sublime effort.
Each of the eleven songs seem at home in their sonic surroundings - whether this be on a bed of many layers of acoustic guitar (The Hill Of Thieves), between a haunting vocal and harmonic piano overtones (The Parting Glass), or carved out of the silence, acapella (Fil, Fil A Run O). Lakeman's confidence and astute judgement as a producer must not go unnoticed here.
Guest vocalist Seth Lakeman is sure to generate extra interest in the album, and he is careful here to duet with his sister-in-law, rather than compete with her, as he seemed to do when part of her live band six years previous. The result of this vocal partnership is the wonderful Spencer The Rover.Read more ›
HILL OF THIEVES is a brilliant album right from the opening title track, an original song by Cara Dillon and husband Sam Lakeman with a killer riff on low whistle that somehow manages to fit perfectly with the other songs, which are traditional. The magic of this album comes of course from Cara's singing, but also from the outstanding supporting musicians and, very importantly, the superb way in which these songs are arranged by the husband and wife team of Lakeman/Dillon. Their work makes these traditional songs so 'immediate' and 'contemporary' while preserving their timelessness. The very catchy "Spencer the Rover" is a noteworthy example of this, plus the harmonies between Cara and brother-in-law Seth Lakeman are jaw-dropping! Cara's beautiful singing to Sam Lakeman's excellent piano accompaniment in the haunting "She Moved Through The Fair" and the resplendent "The Verdant Braes of Skreen" give me goosebumps (and sometimes misty eyes). Cara's songs of emigration always get to my emotions, and "The Parting Glass" - a song that's over 300 years old - is so heartbreakingly performed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cara Dillon at her best. Lovely voice. Great selection of songs.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Cara Dillon's voice is gorgeous. I urge anyone to seek out this and her other albums. Wonderful!Published 5 months ago by Paramanjara
Good album,enhanced by seeing Cara live and hearing tracks performed live.Published 6 months ago by M. E. Cummins
Early Dillon with the voice of an angel, shows why she has been so admired over last years superbPublished 11 months ago by Andy
Saw this woman live in Yeovil - she has the voice of an angel, seriously! Her version of The Parting Glass was sublime, and that's on this album too. Beautifully relaxing album.Published 21 months ago by Mike