Broadside

Broadside

by Bellowhead
     
 

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Teaming up for a second round with veteran rock producer John Leckie (the Stone Roses, XTC), British folk-pop ensemble Bellowhead continue to expand outward on their over-achieving fourth album Broadside. Their formula for (re)arranging traditional…  See more details below

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Teaming up for a second round with veteran rock producer John Leckie (the Stone Roses, XTC), British folk-pop ensemble Bellowhead continue to expand outward on their over-achieving fourth album Broadside. Their formula for (re)arranging traditional British and American folk songs into complex theatrical pop experiences seems to be ever-evolving as they dial up the energy and the intricacy on a fresh set of sea shanties, work ballads, and other obscure fare. Known as a powerhouse on-stage, the 11-piece band's dynamics come alive on disc as well, as they apply horns, harmonies, and clever time signatures to the Child Ballad chestnut "The Wife of Usher's Well" and the drinking/disaster ballad "The Old Dun Cow." Even their reading of the old Copper Family song, "Thousands or More," quickly goes prog after its lovely choral/accordion intro, morphing into a bustling display of embellished melodies and impressive musical chops. It's this showy enthusiasm and Bellowhead's unique vision that polarize listeners, but whether you prefer your folk music pure and earthy or massively messed with, it's tough to deny that they do what they do very well. Singer Jon Boden is a charismatic frontman, handling the often arcane material with ease and aplomb, and the band's harmonies are dazzling if occasionally a little too cleanly rendered. Those wanting to hear a few barnacles attached to their maritime songs should probably seek out the saltier style of Louis Killen, Paul Clayton, and other past masters. But straightforward renditions have never been Bellowhead's mission and even at their brightest and most ebullient, they understand the darkness and mystique in many of these songs, which are frequently underscored with challenging bits of dissonance and minor-key menace. In both the modern folk and pop realms, they are peerless in their passion, intensity, and sheer oddity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Navigator
UPC:
5052442002000
catalogNumber:
73
Rank:
183373

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bellowhead   Primary Artist
Barriemore Barlow   Tam-tam,Guest Appearance
Brendan Kelly   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Vocals
Paul Sartin   Fiddle,Oboe,Vocals
Pete Flood   Percussion,Vocals
Justin Thurgur   Trombone,Vocals
Jon Boden   Fiddle,Vocals
John Spiers   Concertina,Vocals,Melodeon
Benji Kirkpatrick   Banjo,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Sam Sweeney   Fiddle,Vocals
Rachael Mcshane   Fiddle,Cello,Vocals
Andy Mellon   Trumpet,Vocals
Ed Neuhauser   Tuba,Vocals,Helicon

Technical Credits

John Leckie   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Pete Flood   Arranger
Jon Boden   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Tom Dalgety   Engineer
Harry Wincott   Composer
Alix Merry   Assistant Photographer

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