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9/10 Phil Staff review, 18 November 2010
This is lovely. I've heard this a couple of times now and it's totally doing it for me. I've never really heard too much by her before apart from her previous collaboration with Meg Baird and Helena Espvall. Firstly her voice is lovely, it's both haunting and soothing on the ears and it really suits the music it's sitting on. On this album he's dropped the banjos and fiddles for more of an electric sound apparently but as I'm not too familiar with her previous work I can't say much about that. It sounds like very traditional english folk to me... Just overhead Ant say that Dave mans a lighthouse at the weekend watching the fog... Don't know how I'm supposed to write reviews with interesting shit like that going on in the background. The songs are simple and stripped back, no bells and whistles, it's just simple folk music played and sung brilliantly. They're talking about eating seagulls now.... Christ.... Almost like a female Alasdair Roberts I reckon and fans of Espers, Meg Baird, Shirley Collins etc. will totally love this as do I. A solid folk album!
8/10 Malcolm Pinch Customer review, 1st September 2015
A Sharron Kraus album is something to savour; it's intelligent, full of depth and will reveal new things with every listen. I'm still getting to know this album and what I write today I'm sure will be different from what I might say tomorrow. Her songs are journeys and you become a passenger with her. Her songs have the weight, and on this albums some of the darkness of traditional themes, but she also has a sensitivity to nature and the seasons that seep through her work like ivy twining around iron railings. The music here draws from the tradition, as you would expect, and is never overdone - pure like the waters of a dark pool. Take a dip.
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