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Less experimental and back to trad folk - disappointing!
on 11 January 2010
I had high hopes for the second album after the exciting crossover between folk, ethnic and modern instruments on the first album, but sadly found this outing to be decidedly lacklustre.
Gone are the guest musicians and vocalists, the wonderful ethnic percussion barely gets a chance to break free (on one song only) and the electronic drums which gave such a wonderful driving beat to the first album have been dropped. In fact you are hard pushed to find any drumming pushing through the mix on this album in most tracks. It is all quite muted and folksy with a heavy bias toward Martin Carthy's voice (and production ? ) at the front end.
We could have done without two versions of Scarborough Fair. It always seems like a cop out when two versions of the same song appear on an album. By all means make the second version a free mp3 download, or sell it for a few pence on iTunes, but don't waste a track on the album just repeating stuff with a bit of alternative noodling!! The slade song seems a bit of an oddity on here too and it isn't a particularly thrilling rendition.
Its a perfectly listenable album, just not very exciting and I will be reaching for the first album a lot more than this one if I want to hear some Imagined Village.
Curious that the initial 5 star review appeared before the album was released - a bit of self advertising !!??