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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The second album from the Unthanks third if you include the early effort they recorded with a different lineup as Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, Last is a striking fusion of British folk music with austere, arty pop, featuring adventurous arrangements and dynamics that recall acts like Tindersticks, Sufjan Stevens, and American Music Club. The vocals by Rachel Unthank and her sister Becky Unthank are beautiful and executed with an impressive skill and unaffected emotional force, and the spare but powerful arrangements, usually built around piano and a small string section, give this music a subtle majesty, dramatically forceful without grandstanding. The group has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The second album from the Unthanks third if you include the early effort they recorded with a different lineup as Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, Last is a striking fusion of British folk music with austere, arty pop, featuring adventurous arrangements and dynamics that recall acts like Tindersticks, Sufjan Stevens, and American Music Club. The vocals by Rachel Unthank and her sister Becky Unthank are beautiful and executed with an impressive skill and unaffected emotional force, and the spare but powerful arrangements, usually built around piano and a small string section, give this music a subtle majesty, dramatically forceful without grandstanding. The group has gathered a diverse range of material for these sessions, including traditional British folk numbers, songs by contemporary songwriters ranging from Jon Redfern to Tom Waits, and even a cover of King Crimson's "Starless," but the Unthanks manage to make all of it sound like their own work, transforming these ten songs into a seamless whole as the often dour tones of the tunes cohere into something dark yet strangely gorgeous. With the measured tempos, subtle musical backings, and ethereal vocals by the Unthank sisters, Last suggests British folk's answer to Low's Secret Name, but just as on that fine album, this is music that doesn't wallow in sadness or troubled moods for its own sake, but as an exploration of how the tragic often carries the same weight as the joyous in the human heart. Last is not the sort of music you'll want to play at a party on a Friday night, but if you're looking for the proper accompaniment as you ponder life's twists and turns on a rainy Sunday afternoon, the Unthanks will give you all the deeply shaded wisdom you could use.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • UPC: 883870061728
  • Catalog Number: 617
  • Sales rank: 57,445

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Unthanks Primary Artist
Julian Sutton Melodeon
Rachel Unthank Vocals, Kalimba, Group Member
Becky Unthank Vocals, Group Member
Niopha Keegan Violin, Vocals, Group Member
Jo Silverston Cello
Ros Stephen Violin
Dean Ravera Double Bass
Alex Neilson Drums
Chris Price Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Group Member
Adrian McNally Piano, Drums, Vocals, Dulcitone, Group Member
Lizzie Jones Trumpet
Becca Spencer Viola
Technical Credits
Tom Waits Composer
John Wetton Composer
Denis Blackham Mastering
Kathleen Brennan Composer
Richard Palmer-James Composer
Steve Wainwright Artwork
Alex Glasgow Composer
Winslow Homer Cover Illustration
Traditional Composer
Rachel Unthank Arranger, Liner Notes
Becky Unthank Arranger, Liner Notes
Niopha Keegan Arranger, String Arrangements, String Section
Jo Silverston String Section
The Unthanks Arranger
Joe Wilson Composer, Lyricist
Ros Stephen String Section
Jon Redfern Composer
Chris Price Arranger
Adrian McNally Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements
Thom Lewis Engineer
Sally Grey Composer
Becca Spencer String Section
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