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We learn to love and we learn to give
on 12 March 2004
Very few albums take me back to the heady days of studenthood with quite so much emotional power as this album. All About Eve may have emerged fresh from the budding mid-80s Yorkshire Goth scene, but this album has more in common with the hippie folk-rock pioneered way back by the likes of Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention (about half of whom feature as backing instrumentalists on the album). These are songs of an England which probably never really existed - honeysuckle-scented meadows, gypsies and apple trees feature prominently - alternately blissfully naive and romantic, with Julianne Regan's exquisite voice soaring with childlike simplicity above the ocean of finely-honed guitar backing, and dark-edged, with undertones of unrequited love, abandonment and tragedy. The aural equivalent of Thomas Hardy - this is storytelling in the finest tradition of English folk music, with the occasional epic guitar riff to make the legends of hard rock jealous. This band have successfully reinvented themselves time and time again; they are still touring around the UK's smaller live music venues, and as spellbinding as ever. With the advent of Evanescence and their ilk, the sound of All About Eve no longer sounds quite as dated as it might have done not so long ago; so for those who loved them first time around, give them another try, and don't ever lose that innocence.