London-based folkies and multiple folk award nominees Stick In The Wheel have given folk music a bit of a thematic update by being politically and culturally aware, linking today’s world to the traditional folk tales of yesteryear, with a kitchen sink-style delivery. Their second album Follow Them True sees the band taking folk music to a whole new level, musically and lyrically challenging and thought-provoking.
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Stick in the Wheel have won numerous awards in the mysterious, award-friendly world of folk music. Folk music is always having awards shows but when were the last dub techno awards?
It doesn't take long for me to figure out why Stick in the Wheel have won so many awards. They are a tightly wound collective who play a vibrant form of folk music that belts along at breakneck pace. I'm exhausted by track four which is a rollicking number seemingly sung by Barbara Windsor. I'd already swooned to 'Once Over' which starts the album in lively fashion with
On 'Follow Them True' something happens which should really get them thrown off any self respecting awards show. They use autotune. It of course ruins it, like it ruins any form of music it is put on. If Ewan McColl was alive today he'd have had them shot.
Otherwise it's pretty decent folk stuff using traditional structures and songcraft with something of a modern twist. It's lively but some of the best moments are when they calm down a little as on lovely twisty instrumental 'Abbots Bromley Horn Dance'. They seem to like/be interested in London, the vocals have a accented delivery as cockney as any Blur album and I've heard London mentioned several times. Not the sort of thing you want to hear on any afternoon never mind a Thursday.
A talented troupe but please lads and lassie's - spare us the autotune next time?
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