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A Larum (Deluxe Version)

A Larum (Deluxe Version)

1 Jan 2008
4.8 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Release Date: 25 May 2008
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:02:27
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  • ASIN: B004HDAQX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,340 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I found Johnny Flynn and the Sussex wit by accident... if only all accidents were as lucky.

This music is the Levellers of the naughties (and I mean that as the highest compliment) not in any copycat sense but in the sense of a beautifully crafted album written with humour, sensitivity, intelligence and (above all) musicality. The playing and writing are perfectly balanced.

Although there is no chance A Larum will get 1% of the airtime it deserves this is music that will survive the decades and will charm music lovers long after the commercial rubbish that dominates the contempory charts has been relegated to cheesey retro club nights.

The very best album I've heard in years.
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It is time for the nature of music reviews - at least for popular music - to change. There's no need any longer to read a review to help you decide if you want to buy an album. All of these tracks can be heard on various places online - either in part or in full, often in different arrangements, sometimes in video - and the lyrics too are freely available. So you can listen, and read, before you decide whether to buy. The traditional reviewer role of helping you decide whether or not this music will be for you, is redundant. It's time for 'reviewers' of popular music to become critics and commentators, to promote discussion rather than offer guidance. With that in mind, here's Johnny...

Very much part of the current British Folk scene, albeit South African by birth, Flynn is a 25-year old actor, poet and songwriter. He went to Bedales, one of the most expensive independent schools in the UK, and has acted in some very prestigious Shakespeare productions. His voice is expressive rather than melodic. He may not quite hit the notes, but he feels them.

The CD insert that is devoted to Flynn (the other insert is devoted to his backing group, The Sussex Wit) rather alarmingly (or a larumingly) cites Shakespeare and Chaucer as his storytelling forebears. Flynn himself says that he has always been interested in "...storytelling as an art form. Real epic storytelling. You hear that in Chaucer, and it's mirrored in traditional folk and in the blues." Quite so, but it's not mirrored in Flynn's own songs. They are not sustained narratives, do not tell a story. They are word pictures -- fragmentary, evocative and sometimes enigmatic. Nothing wrong with that, of course.
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I love this cd. The self penned tracks are really quirky but very melodic and with great backing from the strings, brass and other instruments of the Sussex Wit, often as a raucous cacophony. It is folk but with an urban feel to several of the tracks. It reminds me of the Decemberists though Johnny's songs evoke a feeling rather than tell a coherent tale. Johnny has a good voice and sings well. Fourteen tracks, my favourites are The Wrote & The Writ, Eyeless in Holloway and Cold Bread. Discovered Johnny Flynn from the theme song for BBC Detectorists series and many of these tracks are in a similar style to Treasure (unfortunately not on this album).
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Johnny Flynn has produced some great modern folk music - steeped in the historically aware (in folk terms) traditions of the likes of Denny era Fairport Convention, yet Johnny offers his twists and great voice, and great ability to mutter a killer hook amongst travelling variations.

Yes I said that in all one sentence.
A Larum is a must hear for any folk fan - stand out tunes? There are.....but Im not gonna say because the charm of this kind of album is the whole album listening experience. You will not be disappointed. Think catch Fairport COnvention Tunes. Think sadness and charm and fooling around. Think existential beauty and silly football puns.

Currently listening to Been Listening......also fab - a bit more rock like but totally folky too and some great duets alongside Laura Marling.

Johnny is still young, talented and hopefully he will stick to his love of folk and let it blossom on his next works.
Havent heard latest album yet........still happily absorbing the other two.....
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Having, like many people, first heard johnny Flynn on The Detectorists tv series I thought I'd try this. It is different to what I expected, not as gently melodic as "Treasure" and Johnny's voice seems more reedy, but it's growing on me. Many of the tunes are quite catchy and the arrangements are quirky and imaginative. Johnny sounds to me a bit like Robin Williamson and also Ray Davies, so the Incredible String Band and the Kinks kept coming to mind as I listened. Lastly, perhaps he should consider not trying to cram so many words into each song - simplicity is often more enlightening than clever complexity. (I think Devon Sproule, another very talented singer/songwriter suffers from the same fault, though her lyrics are also very clever).
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I spotted this on a photographed music shelf of another favourite performer. Now I know why it was there. Simply an amazing record - and probably an inspiration to many others who have followed alongside him in this genre since its release. I can't recommend it enough, brilliant.
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