by June Tabor

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June Tabor opens her latest album with a bang, delivering what may be the final definitive version of Richard Thompson's "The Great Valerio" -- perhaps the first performance to rival Linda Thompson's. Though it is marred slightly by her longstanding tendency to get all clenched and growly at predictable points in the narrative ("He Fades Away" and "No Man's Land" from her earlier albums), that bone-chilling hymn of disillusionment has never had a more affecting delivery than this one. From there she moves into the gentle and heartbreaking traditional ballad "I Wonder Where My True Love Is Tonight," and she's off and running through a minefield of emotion, from the draining Holocaust song "Di Nakht" to such folkier fare as "The Fiddler" and "Go from My Window." Tabor's accompaniment is worth noting. In recent years it has become much artier, focusing more on piano and winds than on fiddle and guitar. And at times the art-song approach sounds overdone -- "No Good at Love" sounds jarringly like secondhand Kurt Weill. But it can also work well, as on the delicate "Go from My Window." "April Morning," in which she sings "O if I had but my own heart back again/Safe in my bosom I would lock it up forever," is accompanied by nothing more than a little piano and a dab of viola, leaving her sturdy, dark voice to run the whole show. It's a marvelous moment, one of many on this nearly stunning record.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2008
Label: Topic Records
UPC: 0714822049023
catalogNumber: 490
Rank: 178566

Album Credits

Performance Credits

June Tabor   Primary Artist,Vocals
Andy Cutting   Accordion,Accordion (Diatonic)
Mark Emerson   Violin,Viola
Mark Lockheart   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dudley Phillips   Double Bass
Huw Warren   Piano,Accordion,Piano-Accordion

Technical Credits

June Tabor   Arranger
Andy Cutting   Arranger
Mark Emerson   Arranger
Dudley Phillips   Arranger
John Ravenhall   Producer
Huw Warren   Arranger
Trevor Hallesy   Engineer
Dave Porter   Engineer
John Haxby   Contributor,Digital Design
Faye Ringel   translation

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