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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ecc Records
  • ASIN: B0053GAHXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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New album from Jackie Oates.

Review

"..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

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2011
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For purity of purpose and vision Jackie Oates takes some beating!
'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.

Highly Recommended.
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As Jackie Oates mentions in the liner notes, there is something eccentric about this record. But that is what makes it her best record since her first, eponymous album--which had an unpretentious faithfulness to traditional song that was inventive without being slick.

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.
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Saturnine is the most beautiful cd I own. Jackie Oates is blessed with a voice that is clear and pure and a joy to listen to and that, combined with the wonderful musicians accompanying her makes this cd an absolute treasure for those who love folk music. There is not a track on this cd that I don't like but the Nightingale, IOU and Wheel of Fortune are absolutely superb with Wheel of Fortune being a truly moving piece of music. I normally listen to music whilst I am working but with this cd I just had to stop and listen not least because the lyrics and Jackie Oates delivery made it difficult on a few occasions to see what I was sewing without reaching for a tissue. I am definately going to get more of her work and would say, without reservation, that she is one of the finest singers in the folk genre that I have ever heard. I expect you have gathered by now that I really love this cd.........
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Of the young folk singers coming through in recent years, Jackie Oates has to be one of the sweetest voices. It's her own voice as well, sweet and pure and not trying to be anyone else or faux rural. The players behind her (and indeed her own playing) are sensitive and complement her work sensitively, the accordion playing, in particular, doesn't dominate (as it so often can). If anything, the hurry gurdy could have been mixed a little higher (we don't hear them often enough).

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.
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Just celebrated my first anniversary of Jackie and am off to see her in Nottingham. This is probably the most complete record of her four to date. The instrumental decoration is sensitive and her own playing strong. Her voice benefits from what sounds like a very intimate recording set up. There are lots of excellent folky singer/writers around at the moment but I like Ms Oates best not least because the instrumental work is not just strum and pluck. If you want a sense of how strong her musical personality is compare Young Johnson here with the version on June Tabor's great border ballads record.an echo of hooves
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