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Look to the future and it is 5 star!
on 19 September 2011
June Tabor and Oysterband got together again, 21 years after June Tabor and The Oyster Band produced this album Freedom and Rain, and it's delightful to play this earlier collaboration and the 2011' Ragged Kingdom together
Curiously, they all seem to have more energy and more commitment in the later album, as if they've all partaken of a magic dynamism and depth pill!
On this earlier album, they use simpler rhythms, Tabor's voice is beautiful as ever, clearer and lighter. The Oyster Band seem more laid back and mellow than the incarnation as Oysterband. I downloaded this album whilst waiting impatiently for the release of the new one, and enjoyed it enormously, and, had I only reviewed it earlier, I'm sure I would have been fulsome with praise, but enjoyable as this album is, it pales by comparison to the later one, the years having brought depth, richness and a lovely combination of velvet and grit to the partnership.
Looking forward to that, on this album, is a delicious rendition of the Velvet Underground and Nico classic `All Tomorrow's Parties' Tabor dark, tuneful, shivering the hairs on the listener's neck on vocals
The echoing studio quality of this earliest album suffers, I think by comparison with the more recent album, where there is no sense of slightly echoing production getting between the musicians and the listener.
This is a very very pleasant album indeed, much poppier and less intense. The later one grabs the listener and says `Listen Up, I'm not for background you know' and is not a pleasant album at all, but a magical one! Age wins out over youth in this case!
Tabor herself developed wonderfully over the years, and the seeds of her richness are very evident on this album - but it is Oysterband who have dramatically become a much much finer group of musicians over time. The increased tightness of the current name of the band reflects the deeper focus and richer dynamic of the music. Enjoy this one; immerse yourself in the second, dark chocolate to this one's milk!