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4.7 out of 5 stars
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Smoke Fairies
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on 8 June 2014
I wish I had the Smoke Fairies' gift for words to say how wonderful this album is.

I loved their earlier efforts, and at first hearing, I must admit I was a bit sceptical, but repeated playing has won me over. Again.

I read somewhere that it's written by Davies as an apology to Blamire for her temporary loss of heart, and there's a distinct sense of re-pledged optimism throughout, but I can't help feeling there's more to it than this. Opener ‘We’ve Seen Birds’ feels spontaneous and upbeat, with husky voices swooping over brassy drum beats and strident keys - check out the lovely, cheerfully symbolic video in which the boiler-suited friends build a giant bird together, haul it up the Downs and watch it soar. Album highlight ‘Eclipse Them All’ follows: a really gorgeous thing of undulating darkness, proof of what a distinctively musky mood they can create with just a synth drone and little shivers of guitar. Wow: one of the most seductive things I’ve ever heard. Soothing, swirly, stylishly scuzzy and invariably murky, some tracks seem to drive stoically through bleak beauty (‘Shadow Inversions’) or dissolve into psychedelic Lennon/McCartneyesque melancholy (‘Koto’), or simply be gently hypnotic ('Your Own Silent Movie'), but you'll want to hear them again and again in case you've missed something, and you usually have. Rich, sophisticated, adult lyrics, probably the key track is 'Hope is Religion', which expresses what we have felt but dare not say it because it makes us so vulnerable; there’s something wonderfully affirming about SF's decision to continue on a different yet similar tack – as if they realised the audience they really can’t do without is ... each other.

Thank you. I want you forever.
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on 29 May 2014
The Smoke Fairies are a unique and very special creative force, please do not hesitate to purchase this new offering or any of their back catalogue. They are in a class all of their own, top quality in every area, long may they continue, simply awesome!
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on 14 July 2014
Excellent! Raw, stripped back songs that show Smoke Fairies in a new light. These are lean, sinewy pieces with their musical ribs showing, and a spare, electric edge that seems a long way from their earlier, more folk-tinged work. Very well worth a listen.
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on 26 May 2014
The more you play it the more you like it. Great voices, innovative production better heard on a quality stereo or ideally headphones. Makes you want to seek out their other albums. Two or three tracks are instantly catchy but some of the rest are real growers too. Shame it didn't come in a standard cd box just a cheaper card cover though.
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on 18 July 2014
grows on you--initial not as direct as low lights* but * we've seen birds, eclipse them all,and especially your own silent movie* is up there with *dragon* --especially when played in a live setting--*movie* is sublime'
guess what?? I am a fan!!
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on 24 December 2015
Impossibly beautiful songs that linger, enchant, haunt... Smoke Fairies I have only recently discovered and now their albums are all that I want to play.
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on 18 June 2015
good
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on 5 September 2014
Excellent product & 'does exactly what it says on the tin' - very prompt delivery as well.
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on 25 June 2014
Great album, easy to listen to

If you like alternative with a twist of 80s this is for you! :)
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 October 2014
Love this CD. Great vocals. Magical songs that create a mysterious aura.
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