My Secret Is My Silence

My Secret Is My Silence

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by Roddy Woomble
     
 

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The album's title and pastoral cover image are the first signs that Idlewild's Roddy Woomble has gone folk. And yes, a majority of My Secret Is My Silence sees Woomble operating in an acoustic folk vein and even recruiting the sweet-voiced folkie Kate Rusby to handle background vocals, harmonies, and occasional female counterpoints.

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The album's title and pastoral cover image are the first signs that Idlewild's Roddy Woomble has gone folk. And yes, a majority of My Secret Is My Silence sees Woomble operating in an acoustic folk vein and even recruiting the sweet-voiced folkie Kate Rusby to handle background vocals, harmonies, and occasional female counterpoints. But Woomble heading into pastures and fields shouldn't be a surprise. While Idlewild started out as a furious, messy indie rock band, Warnings/Promises, the group's most recent effort before this solo outing, sometimes skewed resolutely toward R.E.M.'s more jangly moments. Other than the somewhat out-of-place instrumental flute-fest "Whiskeyface," My Secret Is My Silence drifts between two poles. There are pensive, brittle ballads like the gorgeous, lilting "If I Could Name Any Name" and the introspective "I Came from the Mountain" on one hand, and on the other hand midtempo to urgent storming tracks indistinguishable from Idlewild fare other than the presence of fiddles and folksy percussion in the place of electric guitars and distortion pedals. Indeed, Idlewild guitarist Rod Jones co-wrote a handful of tracks and is a featured player throughout. Producer John McCusker finds a solid middle ground between traditional folk elements and catchy rock sheen. Woomble is in fine voice, and Rusby's gentle tone is a perfect complement as she returns the favor Woomble offered on her album The Girl Who Couldn't Fly. On the title track, Woomble sings about approaching land without a harbor and finding his way home, and stripping down his music to the roots on this solo effort, he seems to find himself emotionally centered and artistically renewed. This fragile but certain solo outing will please old and new fans alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
7-10
UPC:
0895499001122
catalogNumber:
90011

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roddy Woomble   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ian Carr   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Burland   Vocals
Andy Cutting   Accordion
John McCusker   Violin,Cittern,Wurlitzer,Guitar (Tenor)
Donald Shaw   Harmonium
Kate Rusby   Vocals
Michael McGoldrick   Flute,Human Whistle,uillean pipes
Rod Jones   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
David Gow   Percussion,Drums
Karine Polwart   Acoustic Guitar
Ailidh Lennon   Bass Guitar
Michael Angus   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

John McCusker   Producer,Audio Production
Andy Seward   Engineer
Roddy Woomble   Composer
Ailidh Lennon   Drawing
Joe Rusby   Engineer

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My Secret Is My Silence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording required a few listens for me to warm up to it, but once I had- I was hooked. I love to listen to it when I'm driving on an overcast winter day. The songs are haunting and the musicianship is excellent. Kate Rusby's voice adds so much to the album.