Here's the Tender Coming

Here's the Tender Coming

by The Unthanks
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2010
Label: Rough Trade Us
UPC: 0883870054829
catalogNumber: 548

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Unthanks   Arranger,Composer
McNally   Arranger
Chris Price   Arranger
Adam Sinclair   Engineer
Adrian McNally   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements

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