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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00002469J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Following on from the success of Salva Nos, the Baebes. return with their second opus. Even more teasingly packaged than. previously (the artwork features the Baebes glowering enticingly through. swathes of pre-Raphaelite drapery), Worldes Blysse contains the. same mix of settings of mediaeval lyrics and literature in the reconstructed style of the fifteenth century as before, plus a couple of rediscovered originals. As with Salva Nos, the Baebes are (not yet) a band of Emma Kirkbys, nor are they the suggestive, siren-esque travelling players their image might suggest. Again, almost overly perfect performance and recording, somewhat irrationally detract from. any (unprovable) notions of authenticity, although thankfully Salva. Nos's over-bearing reverberating acoustic (an electronic addition, one suspects) is largely absent. Indeed, Worldes Blysse is a much more relaxed, fun and natural sounding collection, none more so in the two standout tracks: "Passing Thus Alone"--an elegantly simple unadorned. solo beautifully sung by Karen Lupton--and the sprightly yet stately courtly instrumental of "La Volta". --Robert Heller

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By A Customer on 14 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The mediaeval baebes second album seems to be deeper in content than Salva Nos: the purity of the vocals remains, but the songs have more complex arrangements & instrumental parts. In particular, the song 'Kinderly' is very special
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A lot of people dislike the Medieval Baebes for being supposedly pretentious and beloved by pseudo-romantic Goth types - but that's basically just musical snobbery. I mean, come on - with a name like 'The Medieval Baebes', who's stupid enough to actually think they're aiming to appeal to lifelong Medieval Music scholars?

Really, you get far more out of them if you stop thinking of them in relation to other classical music and just love them for what they are - which is accessible, charming and unpretentious Medieval-esque choral loveliness.

The middle-english (or occasionally Latin) lyrics will probably not make sense to your average listener - (best to look at the sleeve notes before you attempt a sing-along!), but if you're familiar with the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gowere, William Dunbar etc, you'll start to spot the patterns in the language. You certainly don't need to know any middle-english to appreciate this, though - just listening to the overall, faery-like, dreamy effect is more than enough.

The tone and pace of the music is quite varied - some tracks are fast, slightly folky (anyone who likes traditional Scottish/Irish Ceilidh music might spot the odd link here) and with an almost dance-able beat, others are ethereal, slow, lamentation-type songs ('Swete Sonne' for one). I've heard other Baebes cds work in a bit more of an electronic, synthesiser feel to the music, but this seems to be made with almost exclusively traditional folky instruments and straightforward singing.

Virtually all of it has a basically religious Christian theme, but that's just symptomatic of the thought of the Medieval age.
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By Ken Raus VINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2010
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I think this album is even better than their first and seems to have a little more variety...There is a great deal to enjoy here and as for the classical snobs they are the blinkered equivalent of the rock or other musical genre snobs-Mediaeval singers were often people who just sang,not stars who sang for millions when music was often a kind of spiritual celebration for Pagan or Christian...Really,It's not karaoke-It's lovely feminine voices chanting the preclassical songs and melodies of our much tougher and rougher ancestors and there are too many gems to pick out and fave's are too personal to the critic...My own tastes run from thrash to Bach cello Konzerte and Folk but this wonderful,magical set fits in fine and frankly intrigues my musical imagination-Very dreamy,even psychedelic and great folky tunes scattered throughout its lengthy and lyrical weave-there is an overlap in this preclassical era of European music with monotheistic church music and pagan folk music as if two classes were bonding into a nationality and the Baebes albums beautifully mingle those historic sonic elements on this outing in particular-Most Excellent,I recommend it.
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Having recently discovered a whole bunch of Mediæval Bæbes albums, and bought them at the same time, I am a little overcome. But there is nothing here that fails to delight. Buy this album. Ye shall not regret it forsooth.
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This came up in Amazons recommended for you, I'd never heard of 'The Mediaeval Baedes' but after listening to the samples available via Amazon I thought I'd give it a go and what can I say, its refreshingly different to anything else I've got and its good.
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Loved hearing their music on the radio and got one of their seasonal discs as a Christmas gift so decided to buy myself one to listen to throughout the year.
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I love this CD, and this group. If you like choral music, womens voices, mediaeval things, this is for you. I have this as background music when I'm processing photographs or doing complex things, or doing yoga....
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