In Modern History (CD with Songlines Magazine Issue 68)
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In Modern History is the 4th album by award-winning folk artist Jim Moray, and is available with the June issue of Songlines magazine.
Songlines is the magazine that looks at the world through its music. Covering music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, Songlines features artists from around the globe: from Miriam Makeba to Mariza; from Seth Lakeman to Seu Jorge and from Bjork to Buena Vista Social Club. The June issue also comes with the regular Songlines 15-track compilation CD, featuring the best new world music album releases and a playlist celebrating the life of Charlie Gillett.
The issue also includes details of the winners of the Songlines Music Awards 2010 and a UK and Overseas festival supplement.
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Bristol Harbour starts the album with a bang. Reminds me of Porcupine Tree (which thse who know me will realise is a great compliment)....especially the guitar solo. It's a brutal yet stunningly effective treatment of a trad song. But my favourite track so far is undoubtedly Hard. A beautiful melody, great sound, and excellent lyrics. There isn't a track on it where the quality dips for a second. The sound throughout is clear (Jim also produced and mixed). Heck even the artwork is wonderful (yes it's very "Factory").
This album confounds all expectations..... It doesn't matter whether you're a folkie or not. BUY IT.....NOW. Jim deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. A true talent.
I've got no hestitation in declaring that this is Jim's best album to date and that's why I give it 5 stars (though it should have 10)!
There are hints of familiar sounds on this album - I defy anyone to say that "William Taylor" is very Zeppelin-esque (particularly the percussion) and "Bristol Harbour" even has faint smatterings of Tears for Fears in the guitar solo! That aside, Jim's "modern" approach to the "traditional folk song" is inspired and heartwarming. The songs all tell a story - and "Lowlands of Holland" is just beautiful, and the use of the Musicians of Opera North adds a brilliant dimension to these and "Silver Dagger".
I've seen Jim performing live once, but already have two performances lined up for the autumn, with the possibility of some others dotted around! And I can't wait to hear some of these tracks performed live!
Go on - give the album a try - you will not be disappointed! Then follow it up with his first three albums!
I love Bristol Harbour but maybe it's just me,I would have liked to have heard more of his vocals during the heavy drum beats, but as I said maybe thats just me.
My favourite track is Lowlands of Holland. I love the tune, and I love the lyrics and the way he sings it.
Overall not a bad track on this 8 track cd and I for one am now a convert and will be buying the cd in June.
Well done Jim for a great album.
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