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  • Audio CD (3 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B002BWQ47I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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In the last two years, Martin Simpson has been busier, more successful and more visible than ever before in his 37 year career, appearing on television, radio and at sell-out concerts up and down the country. His 2007 album, Prodigal Son was his most successful album ever, hugely outselling all his previous albums, and collecting two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Best Album & Best Original Song for his composition "Never Any Good"). It also marked his emergence as a songwriter of exceptional quality and sensitivity. With True Stories he moves on apace, broadening the sound palette with an album ranging from solo guitar instrumentals to full band arrangements featuring some of the finest musicians anywhere - bass icon, Danny Thompson; Radiohead drummer, Philip Selway; pedal steel legend, B J Cole; Bellowhead's frontman, Jon Boden; accordion ace, Andy Cutting and many others. The success of Martin's deeply moving song to his father, "Never Any Good", on Prodigal Son has galvanised his song writing muse. True Stories is evenly split between traditional songs and tunes and Martin's original compositions. Advance word on True stories is that it is even better than Prodigal Son. It will be launched at the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival in a headlining performance.

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2007's Prodigal Son proved a high-water mark in Martin Simpson's near 40-year career, picking up a clutch of awards (including BBC Radio 2's Folk Album of the Year) and provoking unanimous praise from public and pundits. True Stories seems and sounds every bit as accomplished and deserving of attention and applause.

The mix remains the same - an intelligent and incisive blend of traditional and original material woven together to conjure up an imaginative, richly populated landscape drawn, ironically enough in this instance, from songs claiming to illustrate true narratives.

The musical accent is marked by a lightly-worn eclecticism that effortlessly embraces New Orleans jazz and countrified pedal guitar (the empathetic jauntiness of An Englishman Abroad), Northumbrian dance tunes (the sprightly Kielder Schottische and small-scale epic Will Atkinson) and Scottish ballads in the magnificent album opener, Look Up, Look Down, and the bittersweet The Wind and the Rain, with both also borrowing from American and English influences. There are hints of R&B, the Blues and the nursery room - Done It Again fills out Humpty Dumpty's biography to touching mock-heroic effect - with Simpson's discretely coloured vocals assuming an almost conversational, tone throughout.

The voice aside, Simpson is at his quietly virtuosic best instrumentally, with scene-stealing displays of finger-picking dexterity jostling for attention with the subtlest of approaches to telling detail and a bold, unfettered command of gesture.

Support comes courtesy of strong-in-depth contributions from bass icon Danny Thompson, pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, Bellowhead's fiddler-frontman Jon Boden, ex-Page and Plant hurdy-gurdy guru Nigel Eaton, Radiohead drummer Phil Selway, ace accordionist Andy Cutting and co-producer Andy Seward on bass.

You'd be best advised to approach some of the tales on True Stories with a sceptical ear, but it's safe to take at face value the quality of execution from a musician clearly at the top of his form and capable of weaving wonderfully evocative musical tapestries from apparently base materials. --Michael Quinn

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