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on 17 April 2014
Having enjoyed "A Larum", I though I'd give Johnny another listen. There are many enjoyable moments on this album if you like Flynn's brand of mellow folk. However, I just felt that this album lacked a certain attention to detail that spoiled it for me a bit. Take "Churlsih May" for example: The trumpet trio throughout is a really great sound, it meshes wonderfully with Flynn's vocals, but I felt it was clumsy. The trumpets are soon joined by an unfortunately naff synth bass and drum line. It's a shame. Remove the percussion, replace the bass with a sousaphone and you'd have a gorgeous brass feature. Instead, the result seems hurried and cobbled together, unrehearsed in places.

It may be a case of difficult-second-album for Flynn and I would like to hear a third. Sadly, without attention to detail this album hasn't excelled.
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on 19 July 2011
this album, being the follow up to the amazing A Larum, is a phenominal album. there are signs early on of the raw talent, individual sound and cleverness that sold me to JF with the first album, but JF has grown and matured and created some masterpieces of modern folk. Barnacled Warship epitomises why this album may even be better than the first, with a taste of the string-led sound of the first album, but with so much punch and boundless energy, i feel breathless every time i hear it.

from start to finish, this album delivers throughout with each song sounds markedly different to the last. the album starts with something of a grower in Kentucky Pill (for a long time my least favourite track), but from thereon out first listen is enough, until Agnes, which needs a bit more time. importantly, this a thought-through album, that holds together well, and just keep delivering all the way through.

JF album is hones, clever and thoughful. whereas (other modern folkie) Emmy the Great's honed and mature second album loses it's energy, edge and passion, this album retains the raw energy from first album and packs more, with intricate, clever lyrics and music. it is a brilliant return and one that lives up to all the expectations i piled onto it prior to first hearing it.

i can't say enough good things about this album. i cannot wait for the third album, so beautiful and angaging is this album that you want more and more and more......

brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
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on 12 February 2016
What a sensational find courtesy the "Detectorists" tv series. Great new artist on the folk scene.
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on 23 December 2010
Second album as good as the first (ok, very nearly)!

Just seen him live. Definitely a rare talent! I have had the pleasure of hearing Noah &W, Mumford and sons & Marling on pub circuit (they called it nu-folk...think I feel queasy) in London a few years back before startdom...Johnny F was definitely and is favorite of them. Buy it... while he still looks poor.
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on 27 June 2015
Loved it. Give a try..
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on 19 September 2015
Absolutely love this
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on 14 February 2016
Love this album
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on 14 December 2011
This is really something special.
You are most definitely missing out if you don't have Johnny in your life!
Can't rate him highly enough.
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on 29 November 2013
Lyrics and music that stay with you all day, ideas that provoke and an authenticity about the sound that seeps into your subconcious
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on 27 April 2014
what's not to like. he's british folk music and a great wordsmith. a great cd from one of the best musicians around.
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