Here's the Tender Coming

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It could have been commercial suicide. In the wake of a breakthrough success, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset have not only changed the band's name to the more encompassing and curate the Unthanks, they've also made huge personnel changes. It's certainly not a strategy a marketing man would recommend, but this is a band that's always been about the art, not the commercial success. The basis remains folk music from the Northeast of England, and the fuller sound of a nine-piece band changes the backing and fills it out splendidly, with bass and drums giving a firm foundation. The focus on the singing of sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank is, if anything, firmer than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It could have been commercial suicide. In the wake of a breakthrough success, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset have not only changed the band's name to the more encompassing and curate the Unthanks, they've also made huge personnel changes. It's certainly not a strategy a marketing man would recommend, but this is a band that's always been about the art, not the commercial success. The basis remains folk music from the Northeast of England, and the fuller sound of a nine-piece band changes the backing and fills it out splendidly, with bass and drums giving a firm foundation. The focus on the singing of sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank is, if anything, firmer than before, and nowhere is that clearer than on the harrowing "The Testimony of Patience Kershaw," about child labor in the Victorian mines, or the heartbreaking beauty of the traditional "Annachie Gordon." However, although there's plenty of gloom and doom on this disc, it's leavened by some lighter spots, such as "Betsy Belle." For the most part, it works, the only real failure coming with a cover of Lal Waterson's "At First She Starts," a piece so personal that outsiders trying to find a way into it are largely doomed -- but it's a brave attempt, and says a lot about the scope and confidence of the group. Musically, there's much greater richness and variety in the arrangements now, heightening the shadings that have always been there, and bringing them to the fore, while also making it easier for a wider audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2010
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • UPC: 883870054829
  • Catalog Number: 548
  • Sales rank: 88,430

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Unthanks Primary Artist
Iona Brown Violin
Julian Sutton Melodeon
Rachel Unthank Cello, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clogs
Becky Unthank Autoharp, Vocals, Background Vocals
Niopha Keegan Mandolin, Violin, Accordion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jo Silverston Cello, Soloist
Chris Price Bass, Guitar, Marimbas, Ukulele, Background Vocals, Dulcitone
Adam Sinclair Cymbals, Drums
Adrian McNally Piano, Autoharp, Drums, Marimbas, Background Vocals, Tubular Bells, Plucked Piano
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Composer
Anne Briggs Composer
Frank Higgins Composer
Lal Waterson Composer
Traditional Composer
Oliver Knight Composer
Graeme Miles Composer
Rachel Unthank Arranger
Becky Unthank Arranger
Niopha Keegan Arranger, String Arrangements
The Unthanks Arranger, Composer
McNally Arranger
Chris Price Arranger
Adam Sinclair Engineer
Denis Blackman Mastering
Adrian McNally Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Mastering
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