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  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2 Cooperative Music
  • ASIN: B002IRB9T4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Me Oh My
  2. Sad Sad Feet
  3. Shoeing the Bones
  4. Hollow Trees House Hounds
  5. It's Not the End
  6. Terror of the Man
  7. Eyes So Bright
  8. Digging Song
  9. Burn Until the End
  10. Out to Sea
  11. Oh Am Gariad

Product Description

BBC Review

You would hardly expect a label founded by chief Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys to debut with anything straightforward. True to form, he’s found folky waif Cate Le Bon, a Cardiff-based singer-songwriter straight out of Velvet Underground central casting, not so much John Cale’s lost offspring as Nico’s clone.

There’s a darkness running through Me Oh My, set out on the opening title track’s very first lines: “Me oh my / My oh me / I fought the night and the night fought me”. From there on in, the album’s uneasy claustrophobia suggests the solitary melancholy of endless nights over-analysing life while staring at the walls, which bears out Le Bon’s claim she only writes in the dark.

The Velvets comparisons become stronger the deeper you delve: Le Bon’s flat, Nico-lite delivery renders her heavy Welsh accent surprisingly Teutonic, her lyrics like ghost breath on the back of your neck (“I’d go blind to save you / and not go looking to take it back / it’s just, baby, I’m heading for the black”, from Sad Sad Feet, or how about “I want to burn until the end” from, um, Burn Until the End). Meanwhile, the music switches between tender melodies, spiky, discordant excursions or droning repetition. Sound familiar? When the influence is at its most obvious, on Sad Sad Feet, say, Le Bon could be parodying The Velvet Underground’s Pale Blue Eyes.

Which might suggest a deeply scarred and tragic life, but as Le Bon admits her only brushes with death and loss were formative experiences losing pets it rather diminishes any feeling of cathartic release. Perhaps, though, in a strange way, the fact Le Bon can fashion such haunting ghoulishness from a relatively glib root trauma (come on, nobody over 10 years old loves their pets that much) makes her even more interesting.

In a word, Me Oh My is ‘kooky’, but what the hell: one person’s tragedy is another’s Fast Show sketch. --Andy Fyfe

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Another reviewer on here compared Cate's music to an Oliver Postgate soundtrack &, on reflection, he/she definitely has a point. Like Postgate's finest work, Me Oh My invokes a melancholic longing for ever more distant, fondly remembered youth &, perhaps, a regret-tinged mourning for lovers past, while never "twee" or saccharine. Musically - & I hope Cate won't mind the comparisons - Me Oh My's haunting psychedelic miscellany touches upon the much missed Broadcast (particularly vocalist Trish Keenan), the third Velvet Underground album, Wowee Zowee-era Malkmus, & early Leonard Cohen. The production is warm, intimate & low-key, virtually every song is a potential single &, at a succinct 35 minutes, it's an album you'll happily play again & again (like I do). A lovely record, simple as that.
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2009 has very much been the year of the solo female artiste. Be them folkish, quirky or just plain pop, we've been up to our elbows in `em. Cate, no relation to Simon, Le Bon thus has a tough task ahead of her in these saturated times.

So, what's her selling point? Wisely, she has acquiesced to Gruff Rhys's advances, becoming the first signing to his Irony Bored label. As such, she has the full Super Furry support, already gaining just that on a recent tour. And eagle-eared musos will be quick to point out that the pair have previous, her lungs being put to good use on the curious Neon Neon track `I Lust U'.

Being Welsh, naturally Miss Bon has a cadent vocal, pitched neither squeakily nor quite as far into Nico-country as some may have you believe. Her solo work is mostly acoustic, folk-influenced and, all importantly, comes spliced with occasional SFA-brand madness. The Coral-like skiffle on album highlight `Burn Until The End' makes the subject matter clear, and the unplugged, Radiator quality that `Shoeing The Bones' exudes is there for all to hear.

It is safe to say those looking for a sing-along chorus can look away now, as Me Oh My doesn't got none. And still less, those wishing for shiny production values need not apply. Be told, Cate Le Bon is nothing like Bat For Lashes and her fantasy pop. Miss Bon instead possesses a gentle eccentricity, less developed than, say, Devendra Banhart's hirsute freak-folk, but their similarity in album titles still ought to be noted and suggests a mild affinity. In full, for reference, here we go: "Oh Me Oh My...The Way the Day Goes By the Sun Is Setting Dogs Are Dreaming Lovesongs of the Christmas Spirit".
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As noted elsewhere, this is heading off into the psychedelic folky arena, but as sung by a younger, Welsh version of Nico.

Beautiful songs, genuine emotion and a distinctly non-mainstream take on the world.

Cracking stuff!
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Although I hadn't been previously aware of Cate Le Bon, I bought this album solely on the strength of one song, 'Shoeing the Bones' which I heard on BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris. While difficult to describe the genre into which Cate fits (to me she sounds in parts reminiscent of a female, welsh, Nick Drake). However what a fantastic find..! The CD hasn't been out of my car stereo for 2 weeks and although not all tracks are instantly likeable, with each play I find new things and as time has gone different tracks have become my favourite.
Would highly recommend, but be prepared to stick with it, give it some time and you will be rewarded.
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After experiencing Cate le Bon live at the Greenman festival, I was really pleased to hear that her album is just as quirky and catchy as her live performance. I love my Welsh bands and this is my new favourite. Definitely a must for Super Furries and Gorkys fans.
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Well it's an odd one. Really well produced with all instruments coming up high on the mix. But, it's like listening to an aural equivalent of an Oliver Postgate stop motion children's TV programme. Pogle's Wood meets Noggin the Nog in deepest Wales. There's an underlying oddness to the music and its delivery which initially draws you in but then after a few listens becomes slightly unnerving. On an iPod shuffle, the single tracks are really diverting and a joy to listen to but when put together as a whole album, the effect can become not a little overwhelming moving you into Cate's alternate universe. It's definitely worth a listen. Not sure whether you could say it's indispensible though.
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