- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: V2
- ASIN: B008EG0YCQ
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This Is A Reflection - Signed
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SMOKE FAIRIES This Is A Reflection (2012 UK 5-track 12 heavyweight vinyl limited edition of 300 copies the first 100 were signed by Jessica and Katherine this is one of those! Having recorded and toured with Jack White the Fairies following isgrowing along with the prices of there limited releases! Picture sleeve with minor storage scuffs to the front otherwise in excellent condition. The vinyl is new and unplayed! SF009S)
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`This Is A Reflection' is a powerful mini-album of five cover songs, in full blooded, lustrous vinyl; the range of the music is as remarkable as the ease with which it is brought to life.
The opener, Ann Peebles' `Do I Need You' was written nearly forty years ago, but is ripe for re-invention, with the band's assured voices contrasting sweetly with the subtle rhythm section. Bassist Kristofer Harris also lends an able hand to the record's production, while Katherine Blamire's organ adds a different and effective shade to the mood.
In deliberate contrast, `Wish You Well', develops Mark Lanegan's original by allowing the pensive female voices to combine with Neil Walsh's viola to capture the irony of holding to pride when the wishes have run out: a telling piece of masterly understatement.
And then there is The Cult's `She Sells Sanctuary', a disciplined and oblique piece of euphoria, sewn together by Walsh's searing viola, and Robert Wilk's studied percussion.
It would be hard to find a finer contrast to track three than `The Visitors', by Abba. Here, the lyrics' apparent simplicity suits the languid interplay of guitars, set against Jessica Davies' busy xylophone work. As the song develops, its different musical elements combine naturally with the theme of the song's subtitle: `Cracking Up', and you realise there's something cleverer going on beneath the engaging harmonies.
The concluding song, Killing Joke's `Requiem', grows from an exploratory guitar line, blues-ridden and the more disturbing as it is set against a distant whirring of wine glasses being played. The melody freezes itself once the right musical tension has been created, with the coolly delivered lyrics nailing the creeping sense of isolation. The same lyrics contribute the album's title, with the Reflection being both a moment to ponder and a chance to return to their owners bold new versions of old songs that `reflect' a shared maturity.
And, of course, the album's a devil to get hold of, which adds to the intrigue.