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  1. Mar 16, 2011
    80
    Apart from a short reprise of the McNally-penned title track this, then, is how the album closes, and the lasting image that it leaves you with. It is a fitting summary of all that is great, and troubling about this unique, uncompromising band.
  2. The fourth album from the award-winning strings-and-sisters folksters is a thing of shivery and spooky charms.
  3. 80
    This is some of the most mature and eloquent music I've heard in quite a while.
  4. Mar 16, 2011
    80
    This is a big album in every way, full of ambitious layers, heavy on piano, strings, brass and drums producing vast soundscapes and lavish arrangements which place strong emphasis on the atmospheric undercurrent of some unerringly dramatic material. [Apr 2011, p.99]
  5. Apr 18, 2011
    80
    The Unthank sisters' voices form the musical core of the album. Whether they are singing together or as soloists, the vocals are richly sung with deep emotion.
  6. Apr 22, 2011
    80
    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.
  7. 60
    But it's Alex Glasgow's lament "Close the Coalhouse Door" that packs the most powerful punch, the cyclical piano like a minimalist murmur behind Becky's poignant delivery.

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