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  • Summary: The Scottish singer-songwriter teams up with a different group of musicians for this folk song collection.
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  1. 80
    Yorkston may have set aside his “personal muse” for a moment, but Folk Songs is still part of his rich re-imagining of our heritage.
  2. Folk Songs is a joy from beginning to end.
  3. Mournful folkie not quite as desolate as usual.
  4. Despite its promise then, Folk Songs is one of those albums that fails to live up to the sum of its parts. However, despite its faults, it is still an admirable stab and worth checking out for anyone keen on a back-to-basics approach to folk.
  5. The result is a set that will impress fans of his laidback, often deadpan style.
  6. The Fife songsmith breathes new life into traditional songs cribbed from versions by the likes of Anne Briggs and Nic Jones.
  7. Mojo
    The earth doesn't move, but sands shift seductively. [Sep 2009, p.102]

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