A Larum CD
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't understand why Johnny Flynn isn't more popular - his music is so relaxing and easy-going, yet full of soul. Read morePublished 1 month ago by glubslime
Bought several copies as I love it so much and have had rave feedback from the people I gave it to.Published 2 months ago by S. Ness
Hubby loves this CD..not my thing but hey ho it was for him not me hahaPublished 5 months ago by VANESSA CREED
Only came across JF quite recently while watching The Detectorists on the BBC. He provided that beautiful haunting theme song. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G. Robinson