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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reveal Records
  • ASIN: B00HWN207E
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2014 Mid-Price Re-master of the acclaimed second solo album from perhaps Scotland's finest modern day male folk singer-guitarist's, Kris Drever (also of Lau). Includes brand new artwork and inner booklet. Digitally re-mastered in Glasgow by Mark Freegard.

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A lot has changed in the world of Kris Drever since he released his debut solo album `Black Water'. The former Fine Friday member, now one third of multi-award winning tour de force LAU, has put out three long players and seen success with other projects, including collaborations with John McCukser & Roddy Woomble, Eamonn Coyne and Heidi Talbot.

`Mark The Hard Earth' opens with the title track, Kris' first self-penned song on a solo record. It sets the benchmark for the album and picks up where `Navigator', the closing track to `Black Water' left off. Similarities in atmosphere to `Black Water' are perhaps not surprising, seeing as most of the key musicians and the producers remain the same.

`This Old Song' with its fluctuating time signatures, ups the tempo and is the nearest thing on the album to anything like `Harvest Gypsies' on `Black Water'. Elsewhere there are songs by Sandy Wright (`Shining Star' and `Wild Hurricane') as well as the fantastic `Sweet Honey In The Rock', composed by Boo Hewerdine & John McCusker.

The album's closing songs are as strong as its openers with `The Crown Of London' written by Kris' brother Duncan, `The Banks Of The Nile' a beautiful duet with Heidi Talbot and the stirring `Freedom Come A'ye' with guest vocals from Karine Polwart.

`Mark The Hard Earth' is not a ground breaking record. Think of it more as proof, were proof needed, that Kris Drever is one of his generation's great artists. It is an album in the proper sense of the word and you should own it
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This is a great album of Gaelic influenced folky music from a man with both a great talent and a great voice.

Drever has a truly beautiful voice that leads us through gentle tales rooted firmly in Scotland. Backed by a sparse production, the whole thing just evokes images in the minds eye of lovers walking across the heather in the swirling mists. It's one of those records that instantly becomes a firm favourite and lodges itself in the CD player. A beautiful piece an at times moving piece of music, 5 stars.
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Although he's possibly better known as a member of the successful (and frankly amazing) folk trio Lau, Kris' solo work deserves to be heard by a wider audience, and this new album sees him on fine form yet again.

On his first album "black water" Kris sounded more typically traditional (to me - though I can't claim to be any kind of Folk expert!), but this time there seems to be a slightly more contemporary feeling to the songs and the production by John McCusker is wonderfully clean and spacious, giving the lush arrangements and Kris' effortless vocals chance to shine. Again there are plenty of appearances from friends and fellow musicians with John McCusker lending a hand on fiddle and Karine Polwart and Heidi Talbot providing guest vocals.

If you've recently enjoyed anything that claimed to be "___-folk" (insert your own adjective in the gap, there have been plenty bandied about) it's well worth trying out this album as an entry to the world of more traditional folk. A sublime record, and one that will surely stand up to repeated listening - in short, well worth a try if you're not familiar with him already and an essential purchase if you enjoyed "black water", any of Lau's records or the equally great "Drever/Woomble/McCusker" album!

(Oh and he's brilliant live too, so keep an eye out for him touring either on his own or with one of the many other groups he's involved in!)
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Music is a subjective beast but I am yet to find a Kris Drever offering that stays out of my stereo long enough to go back on the shelf and he never leaves my MP3 player. He is a contemporary folk musician and song writer with a wonderfully different voice. This album is no different. I'm not a writer and I cannot wax lyrical about the intricacies of the music or writing, like some reviewers on Amazon do, I can only recommend that you have a listen to his work and see for yourself.
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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2010
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Prolific and consistent, Kris Drever deserves a larger audience but while folk music remains far from mainstream this will probably be a forlorn hope. A neat mixture of original and traditional songs this a more rounded album than the first one and has a warm and mellow feel to it even if sometimes the subject matter of the songs wouldn't suggest this. this is one of those albums that you can play quite happily as background music whilst friends are round but eventually you will notice the conversation dying as people stop to actually listen to the album.

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Formerly of folk sensation FINE FRIDAY (3 albums) and now very much part of the respected and awarded LAU (3 albums), Scottish born Drever made his stunning solo debut "Black Water" back in 2006 - and I've been hooked on his music ever since.

Drever then followed "Black Water" with the more overtly country almost ragtime "Honky Tonk Suite" with EAMONN COYNE later that same year - and has also done stints with the beautiful Kate Rusby and her band (we're talking class here). With his deft acoustic guitar touches and a deep tonal voice that is the male equivalent of honey dribbling down Rusby's frankly delicious bosom (a sight that would make many clergymen reconsider celibacy), it's hardly surprising that this album is awaited by folk fans with bated breath and chattering teeth. I'm therefore delighted to say and a little relieved to report that after a few listens - it's been worth the wait.

"Mark The Hard Earth" is his 2nd solo album proper and it's being put out on Navigator Records NAVIGATOR 30 (the label is named after a track on "Black Water"). It was produced by long-time collaborator and Scottish fiddle player JOHN McCUSKER and recorded, engineered and mastered with the help of CALUM MALCOLM of Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout and Simple Minds recording fame. With such talent on board, it's hardly surprising that the audio quality is truly gorgeous - beautifully clear without ever being over-produced. The 12-page booklet offers little more than song credits and a few photos, but the card-wrap on the outside of the jewel case lends the whole thing a classy feel (44:21 minutes).
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