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New album from Jackie Oates.
"..an exquisite piece of chamber folk..."
-- The Observer
"Oates remains the sweetest voice of her generation.... This is modern English folk in it's least leaden form.." -- The Independent On Sunday
'English folk-pop...as pretty as some spring mornings.' -- The Independent
'Her voice is persuasively rustic and the style distinctly English'
-- Daily Telegraph
'Jackie Oates is deservedly becoming a celebrity in the new folk scene' -- The Guardian
'Oates has noticeably raised her game' -- UNCUT ****
'The persuasive intimacy of Oates' voice has grown immeasurably in confidence and appeal since her self-titled first solo album' -- fROOTS
Top Customer Reviews
'Saturnine' is a record of captivating beauty and multiple enchantments.
She possesses a voice of such mesmerising loveliness that the winter's harsh
frosts would melt away in the wake of each and every magical song she sings.
It skips and bounces and flutters like a kingfisher with the sunlight glancing
off its many-coloured plumage. A voice to bring a smile to our faces and
a little welcome warmth into a cold despondent world. A generous gift.
Her easy grasp of folk music's noble traditions are given respectful and
inventive twists and turns in this collection of twelve fine performances.
There is light and shade in abundance in the lucid arrangements and engaging
variety in her choice of material. Her accompanists are all first rate.
Opening track, 'The Sweet Nightingale' is a joy. The piano chimes like a
bell; the string playing adds weight and texture and Ms Oates' limber
vocal delivery is simply sublime. The instrumental narrative of 'The Hills
Of Trencrom / Pedn Olva' takes us on a wonderfully affecting journey to
the full beating heart of The West Country's great musical heritage.
Mike Cosgrave's delicate piano embroidery enhances one of the finest vocal
renditions on 'The Trees They Are So High' and 'IOU' digs deep to deliver what
is perhaps the finest performance of Ms Oates' career so-far. Stunning.
The raucous 'Four Pence A Day' lends itself well to cider-swigging and
energetic thigh-slapping and 'Fortune Turns The Wheel' brings the album
to a plaintively reflective conclusion. A abundance of riches indeed.
The great thing about "Saturnine" is that it has a similar respect for traditional music while still being a really weird record. Honestly, it just arrived in the mail from the UK, and I haven't figured out what makes it so odd. There's something off-kilter about the arrangements, but there's nothing particularly modern about them--no synthesizer, contemporary song covers, or rhythym inherited from the singer-songwriter world that shows up on a lot of folk records.
It does have a lot of unusual percussion that makes the record a little dissonant. Mainly, I think the arrangements just have a slightly perverse sensibility. It reminds me a little bit of _The Devil's Interval_ for that reason, even though it doesn't sound anything like "Blood and Honey".
Anyway, I'm sure I'll be listening to it all through our long upstate New York winter. My first impression is that it's one of the more beautiful and original records I've heard in quite a while. Plus, it has the usual brilliant fiddle-playing.
The songs themselves are generally rooted in the tradition and also have a great sense of place as Cornish poetry and dance tunes are added. The excellent sleeve notes also acknowledge her debts to Devon and Cornwall.
Perhaps not as quirky as her last album (no 'Hyperboreans' or 'Birthday'), but I think that's a good thing, she's not pigeon-holing herself there, this is a great piece of work in its own right, Go on, you know you won't regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good album loved the forth track part one only wished it was a lot longer. Looking forward to hearing more of her work.Published 12 months ago by mtaw
Lovely, lovely cd (and singer). Some really haunting songs on this album, and her use of unusual instruments like handbells makes this a unique treat. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ellie
Jackie's voice is timeless, wonderful to listen to, I will be purchasing more of Jackies music for sure, recommend it allPublished on 27 April 2013 by MR DAVID STODDERN
A very special collection of songs,with a very special singer to sing them, and with very special arrangements this makes this very special album indeed............StevePublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by Mr. Stephen N. Smith
This is an excellent album from one of the best talents on the folk circuit today. Jackie Oates combines a stunning vocal with some interesting and sometimes 'alternative' backing... Read morePublished on 8 May 2012 by pinkdragon
I had never heard of Jackie Oates but saw it had 5 star reviews on Amazon so bought it. I LOVE it, the best CD I have bought in a long long time. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2012 by Mr. Stephen V. Clark
Her previous CD (Hyperboreans) was stunningly good - but this is also so. Songs wonderfully rooted in tradition yet also with originality and interesting variations.Published on 8 Mar. 2012 by D. E. Satterthwaite
In these times of austerity, to make your way in the world, even if it is just the `folk' world you have to diversify and Jackie Oates it must be acknowledged is a prime example of... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2012 by Pete Fyfe