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Short Movie
Short Movie
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This should do well at the Box office, 23 Mar. 2015
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I've followed Laura right from beginning of her career when I saw her at Hopfarm just as she was about to release her second album "I speak because I can" here we are on her fifth album and while I haven't had the pleasure of seeing her live since then every album gets a regularly listen on my ipod.

Some compare her to Joni Mitchell but I find her more like a female Dylan, of course she has a voice that can melt your heart but she never stands still musically regardless of whether her fans like her or not. This album will challenge people as with every Laura Marling album and it will also be universally praised like the rest of them.

You could maybe take one point off for using the f word in one song Don't Let me Bring You Down but the quality of the rest of her songs means we can paper over those cracks. Some of the songs may not be immediate but songs like "I Walk Alone" or the title track are standout from the off. At 25 Laura Marling is already a phenomenal talent.


Little Neon Limelight
Little Neon Limelight
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Houndmouth, terrible name but they deserve the limelight., 16 Mar. 2015
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Apart from listening to music that is mainly obscure (You wont hear much music that involves playing instruments on the radio) I also apparently listen to bands with terrible names (Iron and Wine, Deer Tick) and I may continue this with this band. Music often creeps up on you, and the first Houndmouth album didn't do anything for me when it was recommended to me. I bought this album based on listening to the first five songs off a npr music stream and revisited the first album which I seemed to listen to with new ears.

If you like The Band this is music in that kind of vein but with a female singer involved, then this will float your boat. A band that are on my musical radar after I ignored them. I will probably edit this review when I get through the whole album but I think it will stay positive.


Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
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3.0 out of 5 stars A stepping stone to an unappreciated artist (by me anyway), 16 Mar. 2015
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Firstly I have always struggled with the music of say Elliott Smith or Nick Drake, I think its because the clues to their untimely ends is pretty evident in the mood of the music they produced which is extremely thoughtful and moving but also melancholy and fragile which seems to reflect their personalities (hence they are both no longer with us) and I feel that this is mood music your stick it on and in the right frame of mind itll be relaxed brilliance in another time you will want something upbeat,

I love the Avett Brothers so I am interested in everything Seth does, not really got the fuss over Jessica Lea Mayfield myself though I think her voice blends perfectly with Seth's and they do Elliott's work justice.

The only reason I give this three stars is because like I said for me I have to be in the mood for this, Elliott Smith is someone I am getting my head around and while some of his fans will think these two covering his songs is a travesty, if it leads more people to understand Elliott's music isn't that a good thing? and for me this is an easier route than I found listening to Elliott Smith initially, and I shall devote more time to him.

Now let's bring on a new Avett Brothers album!!!!!


Archive Series Volume No. 1
Archive Series Volume No. 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tranquil, subtle beauty, 23 Feb. 2015
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Sam Beam is a great songwriter in my opinion, and this reunites fans with how the project begun, with just Sam alone usual backing himself and the songs stripped down to the bare minimum. Like all the best songwriters you end up question how he didn't use this material on the creek drank the candle it shows you how prolific he was/is as a writer.

After the Creek Drank the Cradle, Sam moved onto recording his songs with full backing, so after Shepherd's dog, Kiss Each other clean, and Ghost on Ghost, Sam Beam and Iron and Wine are in a different place musically. You may think that but I caught Sam live in November with just him and his guitar, where even the newer material from these later albums were performed by just him, taking these later songs back to a day when he recorded his material more sparingly. I've seen him both on his own and with a band and have to admit I preferred him and the power of his solitary guitar. He also comes across as a guy who appreciates both his audience and his craft.

Archives may hark back to a day when Iron and Wine was much simpler, and there was a tranquil beauty in these early performances but even if Sam has left that time behind, and here we get to celebrate it. Sam for me is still a songwriter who captivates me and my ears and there's hope theres plenty more Iron and wine archived for us to enjoy.


Tomorrow Is My Turn
Tomorrow Is My Turn
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Her turn has come, 9 Feb. 2015
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I can't really top the first review of the album, but what a voice having had a passing interest in the Carolina Chocholate Drops it always struck me that while CCD was a collaborative affair, Rhiannon was the member with the voice and while it was great to hear her working as part of a team maybe selfishly weve always wanted to hear her on her own. She is also really impressive on the New Basement Tapes a project where alongside Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith and a few others she helped bring unfinished Bob Dylan songs to life.

If there is any criticism to be made of what Ive heard of this album its that she doesnt really write a lot of her own stuff theres only one original song on the album but the voice is so great that like the best interpreters of songs she makes them her own.


Shadows In The Night
Shadows In The Night
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Key is Frank, 2 Feb. 2015
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Whether this works for you or not, depends on how much you understand Bob Dylan I guess. Here is an artist that even in the later stages of his career is never afraid to take chances and challenge his fans. I guess that's what geniuses do.

If an album of this quality were released at the time of Self Portrait while it would take a while for fans to digest it would not have suffered the backlash SP did. And as with some of Bob's less immediate albums like Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait itself, Planet Waves or Together Through Life fans often warmed to these albums given time even if they werent to touch some of his accepted classics.

Fans should know that as a visionary no Bob Dylan album ever sounds like the last one, but while some regard this as a tribute to Frank Sinatra it is really just a standards album. While Frank may have recorded these songs, they really aren't songs he was famous for. Fans also have complained that this album is too downbeat, well so was the glorious Time Out Of Mind. It's really the inward struggle of Dylan fans accepting him singing other people's songs (yet alone "Sinatra" songs) that will stop them enjoying this album. Bob's run of really good albums started off after the really poor Under The Red Sky where Bob recorded two acoustic albums Good As I Been To You and World Gone Wrong which were also both cover versions.

For some also a big shock may be recording an album of covers after something as majestic as "Tempest" but also its the nakedness of the album when Bob said that no one has ever recorded his voice like that he isn't fooling (whether thats a good thing or not he he) Bob's voice has minimal backing on it and is in the forefront of each song (a complete contrast to how Lanois mixed Toom) and this makes it stark, powerful and nostalgic and a positive triumph for most.

Look out for "That Lucky Old Sun" if Bob doesnt hit you emotionally with that one then you need to check youve got a heartbeat.There are rumours that another 13 songs were recorded at these sessions and I hope they see the light of day. As for highlights it works as an entire piece and has Bob's personality stamped over it not Frank's. Bob could milk this sort of stuff like Johnny Cash did with the "American Recordings". But call me greedy I also hope he hasn't stopped writing his own songs and theres a rumour he was back in the studio in the fall so let's hope we see the birth of some more original songs from the master.
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Single Mothers
Single Mothers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mama's Eyes, Daddy's Genes and a another grower of an album!!!, 29 Dec. 2014
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I've struggled with this album for awhile but truth is Justin's music has changed since Harlem River Blues and so if you've listened to him since the beginning of his career every album has been more challenging. One day though I just put it on and listened to it all the way through (without interuptions) and it just sort of clicked. We should be used to change I mean his father has never stayed in the same place either and has constantly challenged the listener on every album and we should expect Justin to do the same. Also when you see JTE in the flesh it helps you understand the music and songs better. I was challenged by his fourth album Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Fee; About Me Now because it wasnt as instantly likeable as Harlem RIver Blues but I still saw Justin on that tour and the new songs were delightful in the flesh. I really do think Justin is as good as ever its just that the music he is making is challenging to the listener and requires repeated plays. Only critisicm I have is that he always brings up his childhood relationship with his father in interviews when he has reached a stage in his career where his music should be doing the talking. He has 50 per cent of his Daddy's genes in him whether he has his mama's eyes and it's those genes that give him his talent even if he may find it a bit of a curse sometimes.


Remedy
Remedy
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cure for all ills, 30 Jun. 2014
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There are some that say Old Crow havent been the same since Willie Watson left, but even if you feel that (Ien dont) its gonna be hard not to enjoy this album, the muscianship is superb. I dont think there's a bad song on here either it's very hard not to feel like stomping along to the up tempo numbers or even to forget yourself and find yourself doing a little jig whilst listening to it on your ipod in public.
It's hard to pinpoint highlights theres at least 8 up tempo, bluegrass frenzies that are difficult not to like eg eight dogs, eight banjos. Dearly Departed Friend tackles a similar subject to Bootleggers Boy (off the last album) but slowed down and more reverent. Sweet Amarillo (like Wagon Wheel) written by Ketch using some lyrics sent to him by the living legend Bob Dylan. Like most songwriters Ketch acknowledges Bob as a huge inspiration.
If your feeling ill or just down in mood then this album and this band is the cure.
Looking forward to the roundhouse gig theres 6 of us going and three have yet to see the awesomeness of OCMS live they are just bloody superb, Im hoping I convert 3 new fans to the wonders of this band and old timey music (eg old crow, Pokey Lafarge)


Turn Blue
Turn Blue
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some fans might turn blue, 12 May 2014
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If youve been a Black Keys fan from the start and cant accept change (I havent) then you may not like where the band has evoloved too, if you believe that if the band is to have any longevity they cant stay in the same place you might be ok. I didnt like either of the two singles until i made my way through the record in its entirety. Its gonna be a grower for some or too mainstream for others but real music is meant to challenge you, and each album you make should be unique.


Fair Warning [Digipack]
Fair Warning [Digipack]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaving the station, 5 May 2014
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I first noticed James Walbourne's talents when he opened up at a couple of Justin Townes Earle gigs. Justin the son of American singer songwriter Steve Earle could possibly offer Kami Thompson some advice on how to follow famous parents into the music business.

Some say theres no place for nostalgia in music, I say the best modern music being made today has one foot in the past and just having the ability to write your own material makes you a traditionalist to start with these days . Yes the music here does echo the music of Kami's parents Richard and Linda Thompson but Kami's voice blended with James does have an identity and versatility of its own. On one playing there is enough to suggest that The Rails can forge their own path. If this review seems short its because Ive only listened to this offering once, there are many highlights though but on first listen Breakneck Speed is incredibly catchy. The Rails on this offering should have many people joining them on their journey.


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