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Part 1: John Shade; Your Fortunes Made
Part 1: John Shade; Your Fortunes Made
Price: £6.62

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A skewed pop gem, 4 Jun. 2009
This album is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves over here in the UK, and rightfully so. It's so startlingly original and yet full of undiscovered pop gems like "Cable TV" and "The Idiot". No one really knows much about the band - they are mysteriously covered up in the few promo photos i've seen, and yet there music is upfront and beautiful. At times it reminds me of things like the Postal Service and yet there's a more Prince-y feel to some of it, and, dare I say it, early 80s synth sound going on. If you're searching for a great summer record you can finish the looking here - make no mistake, you're going to love this record.


Heavy Ghost
Heavy Ghost
Price: £14.26

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible record, 25 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Heavy Ghost (Audio CD)
Mojo: "[It's] David Stith's turn now to fashion a brilliant hermetically sealed world that makes unabashed emotional connection.... Bon Iver wood-cabinessence with choral and tribal ambience." ****

Uncut: "Stith sings like a fallen angel - equal parts Antony Hegarty, Nina Simone and Jeff Buckley - but if he inhabits the same rarefied galaxy, his star shines very differently indeed... most of it performed by Stith himself and not - as the massed choral effects, swollen strings and rolling, minor piano chords might have you believe - borne to earth on the wings of a gilded seraphim....Echoes of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Robert Wyatt, but it's easy to imagine Mike Patton and Danny Elfman nodding their approval too. Apparently Stith shied away from any musical expression for years - in which case Heavy Ghost represents a quite spectacular plunge." ****

Q: "His debut album is extraordinary... Stith's stunning, multi-tracked voice effortlessly creates vocal harmonies that almost redefine "other-wordly"... each song is an equally moving melodic tour de force." ****


A Thousand Shark's Teeth
A Thousand Shark's Teeth
Price: £10.93

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some press..., 5 Jun. 2008
"sings like a female Jeff Buckley - a blend of Tom Waits-inspired weirdness, ambient rock and neo-classical textures" Q Magazine

"Shara Worden served notice of her talent on 2006's extraordinary BRING ME THE WORKHORSE, a record that mapped the Michigan-born musician's journey via opera studies in Texas to New York's classical and avant-rock scenes and Sufjan Steven's band. Its follow-up partly pre-dates Workhorse, and was originally conceived for string quartet. Aptly, and for all that Worden embellishes songs such as The Ice & the Storm with rock drums and guitar, a fragility remains, as if, perhaps unaware, she kept cleaving to minimalism, even as ambition and bigger budgets tempted her towards bigger canvases. The pointilist Apples, the Sondheimesque If I were Queen, the icy, Ravel-indebted Black and Costaud sail at full steam to the wilder shores, heady with intensity and precarious experimentalism. Not for the faint hearted, perhaps, but this is wondrous magical music." 4/5 The Sunday Times

"Here's one of those subtle, eerie wonders that steals up on you unawares... the more I play it, the more I think: 'This could be one of my favourite new albums'. She's an opera-trained chanteuse from Michigan called Sharon Worden, and she sings in a beguiling breathy warble, which veers from rock to folk to torch-song to classical, in a sinuous Bjork-like way." 4/5 The Sunday Telegraph

"Swells of imposing rock opera and haunting vocals that recall Kate Bush at her most windswept make this a vivid, dramatic songcycle. My Brightest Diamond is the vehicle for New Yorker Shara Worden, who adds timeless classicalism to her contemporary musical adventures. Her second album, following 2006's BRING ME THE WORKHORSE, was originally intended for a string quartet but the mix of guitars and drums with a huge array of classical instruments makes for a way more interesting listen. When on ravishing opener, Inside a Boy, Shara sings of 'stars colliding' you can genuinely imagine the world shifting on its axis. Momentous." 4/5 The Sun

"As a piece of work, A Thousand Shark's Teeth, is often wondrous" The Independent on Sunday


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