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on 29 October 2008
If you have an ear each side of your head rather than a collection of labels, prejudices and musical anxieties, if your spirit is actually moved by music, if you got (any) rhythm, if you've heard/seen them live or haven't and wish their tour schedule was wider and longer, if ... hang on. Why are you still reading this? Try a few sample bits off iTunes or whatever and then buy the CD. You'll see it's not "just" folk yet grows from the tradition, and it doesn't mess folk up merely to be trendy. It's music with bottom and also plenty of top, bursting at the seams yet carefully considered and controlled, it tells stories but it doesn't ramble on with its finger in its ear, it can fight you and it can soothe you, it's highly entertaining and unexpected, it has real integrity it's...unique.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 March 2010
This is the third offering from the mighty ensemble Bellowhead. Following from the quite astounding `Burlesque' album, this continues to deliver a set of classic tunes with a wide variety of influences. Mainly folk, but with strong elements of jazz, blues, soul, rock and anything else the band feels they can use.

The last album seemed to have a strong guiding hand keeping things to a set plan. Here things have got a bit more democratic and disparate as all the band members chip in ideas. This is no bad thing, and really adds to the mix.

At the heart of teh album are the folk tunes of folk revival heroes Spiers and Boden. Around these are spun magical musical landscapes, using a bewildering array of instruments and styles. This could quickly lead to the album sounding like a real mishmash, but they keep it together, and it works as a thematic whole, to my ears at least.

Another album of pure class form a group who have achieved much, but you feel still have a lot more left in them. I look forward to a follow up!
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on 11 February 2013
Bought this CD after watching Bellowhead perform Whiskey is the Life of Man on Jools Holland. This is definitely for me the stand out track on the album. It has now become acceptable to jig around the living with my 18 month old grandson chanting Whiskey-o Johnny-o.

The musical arrangements gel the chaos of music instruments which gives Bellowhead a unique and outstanding sound. A mixture of string, wind and brass compliments the musical mixture of serious and fun. From the madness of Kafoozalum to the serious haunting Bruton Town, the album contains no weak tracks and each track is completely different that the other.Would highly recommend for any music fan.
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on 24 February 2018
very good
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on 31 December 2008
They just keep improving. Probably helped by their joyous, incendiary, ecstatic live performances, Bellowhead's range and reach continue to develop. 'Matachin' marks an inventive new stage in their growth, and I can't wait to hear numbers such as 'Kafoozalum' next time I see them in the flesh. This is fresh, inventive and bursting with life. Highly recommended for anyone who likes their heart being made to beat a bit quicker in time to some of the most original music available. Tremendous.
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on 3 December 2017
Very nice
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on 27 August 2013
Bellowhead are great on album, but are probably the best live band touring at the moment.
Only buy this if you cannot get to see them.
Having seen them, you will buy this regardless of anything that I or others post
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on 10 July 2015
This competes my collection of Bellowhead recordings - it's great.
Their live performance is even better - do see it before it's too late !!
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on 20 September 2015
from the first live gig at Cambridege folk festival have been hooked on Bellowhead
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on 19 August 2011
Really like the styles of folk rock that Bellowhead have produced on this album. Appreciate the information given with the CD on the origins of each song. Another excellent mix of this music.
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