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The opening track on this much more fully realised album by the once-folk minstrels sounds so much like someone else it's driving me crazy. It doesn't rock as such but it's nicely upbeat. They now inhabit a sound which could be said to be somewhere between Sandy Denny, Kate Bush and classic-era Fleetwood Mac.
Early highlight 'Awake' is beautifully arranged and produced with gorgeous twirling guitars and excellent brushed drums - an outrageously evocative slab of melancholic folk. Elsewhere the Jack White influence (check their single with his Third Man empire) is evident on the bluesy influence of the guitars on 'The Three of Us' but I'm finding the arrangement too busy to be effective. They are better when they strip it back to the piano and vocals on 'Daylight'. It's like a soft rock take on Bat for Lashes, less quirky more dust blowing widescreen.
It worries me at which artists embrace the mainstream, these have one foot in Stevie Nicks flowing scarf (soft) rock and one in Fairport Convention's trad folk upbringings but intermittently create something quite special.
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