Reasons to shop with us » 0113 245 4399
- 0113 245 4399 (Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM)
The Big Eyes Family Players & Friends Folk Songs II
9/10 from Clinton (Staff) on 03 August 2012
Lovely to see a brand new Big Eyes Family Players album and this time it's a stunner. Whilst flipping through this morning's Guardian (alfresco with coffee and croissant, natch - actually I was in Tesco getting a Mars bar), I was delighted to see a glowing review of this album. It's one of the most heartwarming tales that James Green’s fluid outfit has gained some kind of cult success over the last few years and this could be the album to tip them over into more mainstream acceptance. The Big Eyes started out as a kind of orch-pop band with nods towards Love and The Left Banke, basically people from Yorkshire who sounded a bit French. But they’ve delved pretty full on into a folky world over the last few years most notably collaborating with James Yorkston on the predecessor to this album. Yorkston returns here but is joined by several other guest vocalists including the excellent Adrian Crowley, Nancy Elizabeth and Alasdair Roberts.
All the songs are traditional and there are highlights aplenty. ‘A Man Indeed’ is notable for lovely intertwining vocals from Mary Hampton and Sharron Kraus and it's great to hear Alasdair Roberts again on ‘The Coast O’ Spain’ somehow sounding 60 years older than his actual age, battling with some lovely clattering zither type instrument. Just brilliant. Modern day folk music can sometimes come across as contrived, convoluted, more made in music college than in a bleak Scottish hideaway but this stuff is so natural, the sounds flow from the musicians as if they were born to play this kind of music and each vocalist has empathy for the material and for the way it's played which is sometimes wonderfully dishevelled. If that is not enough this comes with a limited (to 100) bonus CD containing three extra tracks all enclosed in a handmade envelope. Highly, highly recommended.
Be the first customer to review 'Folk Songs II' by The Big Eyes Family Players & Friends. The best review each week wins a £10 voucher!
More The Big Eyes Family Players & Friends vinyl & staff recommendations, etc.
More reviews & updates
Send us your reviews to earn NormanPoints and more...
Unit 20, Croydon House,
LS11 9RT, UK.
Company number: 06789647
Your random quote:
RE: AFX "yes he does look a bit like Jesus in that photo" KJH
Coming to see us in person?
Please read this first...
Timestamp: Tuesday 13th October, 12:56:05
We're not your normal record shop...
Please note that whilst we're always happy to see you, we are not a normal record shop where you can come and browse the stacks.
There are no stacks.
Nope, instead we are basically a kind of crap lo-fi Argos for vinyl records. So, instead of trudging all the way to sunny Holbeck in anticipation of being able to flick through shelf after shelf of releases, please place your orders online first and use our 'In-store collect' option in the checkout.
Grab 1000 NormanPoints by signing up for our email alerts!
Sign up for our email alerts today and we'll add 1000 NormanPoints to your account. (You do have an account, right?)
NormanPoints can then be converted, at your leisure, into store credits.
How much are they worth? 1000 NormanPoints = £1. OK, so it won't pay your mortgage off...
Why sign up?
- All the latest news & reviews
- First dibs on certain exclusive records
- Advance warning of sales and promotions
- Twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
- Occasional extra updates