Ballads Of The Book [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
If songs are in theory nothing more than poetry set to music, then it seems like most poets should take to songwriting like Dylan Thomas to a bottle of brandy. Right? This is the big idea behind Ballads of the Book, a collection of 18 song collaborations between Scottish musicians and writers. And for the most part, the premise seems to work, if only because there are some great artists involved. The brainchild of a chance meeting between Idlewild's Roddy Woomble and poet Edwin Morgan, this disc features writers like John Burnside, A.L. Kennedy, and Ian Rankin -- in other words, some of the biggest names in contemporary Scottish literature -- teaming up with folk and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
If songs are in theory nothing more than poetry set to music, then it seems like most poets should take to songwriting like Dylan Thomas to a bottle of brandy. Right? This is the big idea behind Ballads of the Book, a collection of 18 song collaborations between Scottish musicians and writers. And for the most part, the premise seems to work, if only because there are some great artists involved. The brainchild of a chance meeting between Idlewild's Roddy Woomble and poet Edwin Morgan, this disc features writers like John Burnside, A.L. Kennedy, and Ian Rankin -- in other words, some of the biggest names in contemporary Scottish literature -- teaming up with folk and indie rock regulars like Mike Heron, Vashti Bunyan, King Creosote, and De Rosa. There are at least two reasons to give this collection a chance. One is the stunning collaboration between Mike Heron and John Burnside, in which Heron's bleak, hoarse vocals offer a wonderful match for Burnside's exacting lyrics. The other is "The Weight of Years," Idlewild and Morgan's joint effort, in which Morgan's translation of a fragment from Sappho is nudged into a memorable, song-shaped tribute. This disc is a mixed bag, stylistically speaking, ranging from sparse, straight-backed piano arrangements to lush, Sufjan Stevens-like chamber pop flourishes. But it manages to remain cohesive, if only because everyone here sounds incredibly Scottish: it's stark and bloody (see "The War on Love Song"), and full of heart-worn angles and hard muscle ("A Sentimental Song"). This is an ambitious, rewarding collection, and it's a real treat for those who know a little about the writers involved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Chemikal Underground
  • UPC: 020286101222
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 253,127

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Song for Irena - Georgia Seddon (4:50)
  2. 2 Steam Comes off Our House (3:56)
  3. 3 A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure - James Yorkston & the Athletes (2:21)
  4. 4 Dreamcatcher - Foxface (2:42)
  5. 5 A Sentimental Song - Lord Cut-Glass (3:00)
  6. 6 The Sixth Stone - Aidan Moffat & the Best-Ofs (2:43)
  7. 7 Girl - David Scott (6:01)
  8. 8 The Good Years (5:03)
  9. 9 The War on Love Song - Sons and Daughters (4:05)
  10. 10 The Leaving (4:40)
  11. 11 Message in a Bottle - John Ferguson (4:21)
  12. 12 If You Love Me You'd Destroy Me (4:51)
  13. 13 The Rebel on His Own Tonight - Alan Bissett (4:41)
  14. 14 Half an Apple - Roddy Hart (3:51)
  15. 15 The Fire (3:03)
  16. 16 Where and When? - Martin John Henry (3:08)
  17. 17 Jesus on the Cross - Jamie Savage (2:39)
  18. 18 The Weight of Years - Kris Drever (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy Cutting Accordion
John McCusker Violin, Human Whistle
Kate Rusby Vocals
Rod Jones Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Andy Seward Bass
Kevin McGuire Vocals
Inge Thomson Vocals
Karine Polwart Guitar, Vocals, Kalimba
Roddy Woomble Vocals
Kris Drever Vocals
Rodge Glass Vocals
Steve Polwart Guitar, Vocals
Aidan Moffat Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Richard Todd Paintings
John McCusker Producer
Paul Savage Engineer
Andy Seward Engineer
Andy "Maddog" Miller Engineer
Joe Rusby Engineer
Rodge Glass Instrumentation
Alasdair Gray Cover Image
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