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The Unthanks with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band (Diversions, Vol. 2)

The Unthanks with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band (Diversions, Vol. 2)

30 Jul 2012
4.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Label: RabbleRouser Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 RabbleRouser Music
  • Total Length: 1:13:17
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  • ASIN: B008HGDJ8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,921 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Words cannot express the beauty of this music. Unlike the previous commentator, I also live in the North East and The Unthanks with Brighouse at the Cambridge Folk Festival was one of the greatest live musical experiences of my life and from the ecstatic reaction of the audience I was not alone. Brass and folk is a terrific blend. Please, please let us have more of this.
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When all else is failing "folk music" sometimes makes a leap forward by not looking in what direction it leaps. This is an awesome album, I can't tell you why, to me it comes from somewhere sort of familiar, but its fired out of a cannon. It kind of make a noise that will give you goose pimples, buy it, put your headphones on and let it kind of lift you. I never expected brass and voice to do this.
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And on that first point there's no doubt. It's one thing to arrive on the scene, and remain there by remaining resolutely in the zone that first got you fame. The Unthanks believe in going down new roads, the risky path, and all power to them that they do this, and by all accounts they're growing their fan base in the process. I've seen them live three times over the course of as many years, and each concert has been totally different to the previous one. Who knows where they go next? (well we know the immediate future, and I'm certainly looking forward to the shipyard songs).

And having said all that, I wish I could have liked this a little more. No doubting the quality of the musicianship, from both band and brass band. The King of Rome is a good start, though for me it won't replace June Tabor's sublime version. But there's room for more than one interpretation. I think the album sags considerably in the middle - I'm sure the father songs are of supreme significance to Adrian and Rachel, but to me they came across as a bit, well, unmemorable. Finally the tempo goes up - and it's not Rachel or Becky singing. And then the songs from The Bairns - strangely I find the Newcastle Lullaby the best of these, I say strange because I always regarded it as a bit of a throwaway track. For the others, well I declare my interest that The Bairns is my favourite album by this band, and I don't find any of them an improvement, much preferring the original piano based backing. And whilst I wouldn't go as far as the one negative reviewer so far, Farewell Regality does (to me) almost slow to a halt. I still remember the then still all-girl band playing that at a small folk club in Newbury, when it was a real anthem to round off a rousing concert.
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I saw them perform with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band at Cambridge Folk Festival where they played this set. I can only say that the music is sublime. I didnt realise how tenderly a Brass Band could play.

As this CD is a live version of the collaboration, it has all the intensity of the Cambridge performance. It really is too beautiful for words. Fragile but at the same time strong, if that isnt a contradiction. Rachel and Becky have such expressive voices.If you only buy one CD this year, then make it this one. You wont be disappointed.
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I've been a fan of Rachel and Becky Unthank since the days of The Winterset and have managed to catch them in concert on a couple of occasions. This diversion however, doesn't work as well as most reviewers suggest although there are some great moments on it. Unfortunately, there are some truly awful ones too such as Queen of Hearts and The Father's Suite. Last night I attended their concert at York Minster hoping to hear something of the quality recorded here at Leeds Town Hall and St George's Hall, Bristol but it was a disaster. The group were inaudible and the brass band was painfull to listen to. However, that is not the case here and I would recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys both musical genres, Folk songs and Brass Bands.
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This is a most beautiful C. D. Starting off with David Sudbury's wonderful story of The King of Rome. When this was played at the BBC folk awards the audience went wild in their appreciation of the song, the singers and the magnificent Brighouse and Rastrick arrangement of the music. Add to it pieces by Ewan McColl and some of the best singing this side of Heaven and one has a magical mixture. C.D's like this don't come along very often so grab this piece of magic, sit back and enjoy.
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Another superb experiment amnd branching out form the Unthanks. I loved it but you need to be in the mood. It is dark and solemn in some tracks so pick the right time to listen to it. B and R are superb accompaniment for this quirky duo.
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The second diversion of The Unthanks travels in another direction than Vol. 1 did - when Vol. 1 took the folky road disguised as a chamber piece, Vol. 2 goes on stage with a bang, thanks to a splendid brass band. The tales are sad indeed - but here, as on vol. 1 - the tale is told without tears.
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