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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B001C4Z79C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. B's Jig
2. Tortoise Regrets Hare
3. Temptation
4. When The Haar Rolls In
5. Queen Of Spain
6. Midnight Feast
7. Would You Have Me Born With Wooden Eyes?
8. Summer's Not The Same Without You
9. The Capture Of The Horse

BBC Review

By the time the simple, rolling acoustic guitar of the title track of this, the fourth album by Yorkston, kicks in, you're feeling far away from home. Instruments gently creak in the manner of rotting ships moored forever in harbour. Deep in the galley lies Yorkston, singing of, ''salty tongues like lounge singers''.

Accordions, flutes and the somber warmth of the steam from a mug of tea, while sat in a deserted café in a Scottish port town seems to be Yorkston's comfort zone, and When The Haar Rolls In is a folkish testament to towns, people and houses where time not so much stands still, but merely seeps away unnoticed.

The groggy, hungover feel of this record is concomitant with Yorkston's voice: a resonant burr that will bear inevitable comparisons with Nick Drake, but actually has far more of a experienced baritone feel that speaks of one too many late night cigarettes on the night bus.

Occasionally the spume from the harbour gets in your eyes such as in the more seditious harmonies of Midnight Feast, a track written by the late British folk singer, Lal Waterson. Here a monotone, hypnotic throb builds up to a climax hinting at something entirely more rambunctious: coming across like an anarchic sea-shanty as Yorkston asks us to, ''come one step closer or stay away''.

While still best-known as a member of the 'Fence Collective' - also a stable for KT Tunstall and The Beta Band - When the Haar Rolls In, while cloaked in clarinets and violas, is going to be best remembered for Yorkston's striking voice. It's one of the most memorable in British folk music right now. --Robert Crossan

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By Jago Wells VINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2008
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The Haar which rolls off the north sea and obliterates the islands and fishing boats from those who would stand on Fife's East Neuk shores appears to act as some sort a magic creative cloak if we measure the incredible number of musicians and artists who have gained inspiration from the land and sea in this wind blown corner of Scotland.
One of East Neuk most famous sons...relatively speaking...is the cat loving,real ale quaffing scruff bag, James Yorkston who has marked out his territory from fellow Fence Collective artists like the more rock/pop orientated King Creosote by virtue of the quality of his songwriting and his musicianship which is certainly more traditionally folk based than the aforementioned KC who nevertheless is a huge talent in his own right.
Without beating around the bush any longer,I will just say that 'Haar' is James Yorkston's finest moment yet. A genuine 5 star outing which perfectly displays contemporary songwriting at its best with traditional folk airs delivered with aplomb !
Using The Athletes and Folk legend Norma Waterson to great effect,the album unfolds as a beautiful musical journey which will surely be seen as one of the folk albums of 2008 and a future JY classic.
Personal favourites of mine include the charming 'Tortoise regrets Hare'...'Queen of Spain' and the epic 'Capture of the Horse'.

In a word or two....Bonnie and Beautiful !
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Scotland boasts some of the greatest singer/songwriters ever to set pen to paper and James Yorkston can rightfully take his place amongst them.
With his own progressive brand of British Folk, Yorkston on this, his fourth studio recording, highlights what a true wordsmith he really is.
The Haar as mentioned in the title, is a sea mist that rolls in over the singer's beloved islands. Like the fog, the album, with Yorkston's soft baritone, langarousley drifts over you, gradually seeping into your being and before you know it, you're captured by its charm and serenity .
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Thought I'd see what other people thought of this remarkable record. Only 3 reviews! It can only be that, having discovered something very special, people are keeping it to themselves.
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Saw this chap, James Yorkston a few years back supporting tindersticks and loved what I heard then so, When the Haar Rolls In hit the shelves I had to purchase.
It took me 2 listens to enjoy this and I think you have to hear the whole cd in one sitting to appreciate it. He's a master of words, which he crams into each song, and each song seems to flow into the next so, put aside 49.22 minutes of your time, and enjoy his words and music.
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The Haar is a fog that rolls in off the sea and over the land, and Yorkston has taken this productive imagery to create an album that washes over the listener. Unlike the fog however, there is little chance of losing yourself in the album. Whilst it plods along happily and unquestionably prettily, it ultimately does so uneventfully.

This is an earnest but immemorable collection of inoffensive but bland folky, acoustic mumblings. Yorkston's vocals are, as ever, disinterested and as such hard to engage with, his words more spoken than sung. His songcraft here is able but uneventful. There are moments that recall Absentee's esoteric grit, gentle swellings of strings that recall The Tindersticks, but in comparison to these and others, `When The Haar Rolls In' falls short.
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