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At the Wood's Heart

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The Banks of the Sweet Primroses
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The Broomfield Wager
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Ah! The Sighs
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Now Welcome Summer
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Heart Like a Wheel
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Johnny Johnny
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Oh! Alas, I Am in Love
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Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me
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Les Choses les Plus Simples
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She's Like the Swallow
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The Cloud Factory
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Lie Near Me
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 63:33

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Not my usual genre

Wonky

Even though I have no context for this album, I like it from start to finish. June has a sort of low range to sing in. The arrangements have lots of space in them. Relax and listen and it will take you far away.

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Oh! Alas, I Am in Love - always glad to hear it

CBCD

Track #7 - Oh! Alas, I Am in Love - is one of my favorites by June Tabor. Sometimes her recordings are 'Music to Hang Yourself By,' but not this one. Lovely, and I mean lovely, orchestration.

They Say All Music Guide

You always know a June Tabor album means quality, thoughtful performances, interesting material, and wonderful arrangements — along with that spellbinding, velvet autumn voice. For this disc she’s assembled her dream team of musicians — her usual accompanists plus Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, and a couple of others — to play on a fascinating collection of songs. The emphasis is on the traditional, but she hardly confines herself to pieces like “The Banks of the Sweet Primeroses,” but also pieces by contemporary writers, and the jazz standard “Do Nothing ’til You Hear from Me,” which is the only piece that doesn’t quite work. By itself it’s fine, but set alongside the relative sobriety of the folk material, its tone seems to jar a little (at the same time, her version of “Heart Like a Wheel” flows with an elegant grace). She seems most at home on the folk songs — modern or old — bringing a sly sense of humor to “The Broomfield Wager,” for example, and a real ache to “Oh! Alas I Am in Love.” As her recent box set showed, she’s one of Britain’s great singers, developing over the years, and this really does show her at the height of her powers, with a majestic control, and flawless backing. This stands as one of her very best albums — which is high praise indeed. – Chris Nickson

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