Lookaftering - Vashti Bunyan
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  • Summary: Coming a full 35 years after her debut ('Just Another Diamond Day'), the British folk singer's second LP finds her backed by fans/followers such as Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Like all works of elusive beauty, Lookaftering is something that is so immediate and accessible it will take time to realize just how enriched with subtle evocation it is.
  2. 90
    If it takes another 36 years for something so sublime, I await the next 36 years. [#70, p.86]
  3. To say Lookaftering takes up where Just Another Diamond Day left off is an understatement. It feels like no time has elapsed at all since 1970, neither in her own life nor the outside world.
  4. This is no appendix, no addendum to Diamond Day, but rather a second solid installment in a career we music gluttons consider to be too sparse. Bunyan's songwriting, her assembly of musicians, and especially her voice are superb on Lookaftering, possibly more so here than they were on Diamond Day.
  5. What makes Bunyan's return such an unqualified success is that, unlike so many of those she's influenced (Patrick Wolf excluded) she doesn't come within a country mile of the briar patch of cloying kookiness.
  6. There's still something truly magical in the wistful clarity of her voice. [Nov 2005, p.131]
  7. Bunyan's wispy soprano lacks nuance, making for music that's ultimately more numbing than emotive. [4 Nov 2005, p.71]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. johnH
    Nov 13, 2005
    10
    When I first encountered Just Another Diamond Day a few years back I was annoyed to discover it was firstly so old and secondly a one-off. So I
  2. StevenL
    Dec 7, 2005
    10
    It's soothing and beautiful. Vashti has a lovely voice, and this is a fantastic album.
  3. SebastianN
    Nov 13, 2006
    10
    One of my all time favorite folk albums.
  4. PlatypusQuest
    Oct 25, 2005
    9
    This is one extremely beautiful album. Vashti's voice is unbearably gorgeous and her compositions are minimal and evocative of a lost, This is one extremely beautiful album. Vashti's voice is unbearably gorgeous and her compositions are minimal and evocative of a lost, tranquil place in a world outside our on. A vital release. Expand
  5. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    8
    this is a very nice and warming album. the kind of album you get a nice comfy chair,a nice fire,a cat, and a glass of wine and just chill the this is a very nice and warming album. the kind of album you get a nice comfy chair,a nice fire,a cat, and a glass of wine and just chill the hell out to. Expand
  6. name
    Dec 16, 2005
    7
    The title to track 8 says it all: "Same But Different". It's still very good though.
  7. MarcE
    Nov 14, 2005
    1
    I 2nd Andy D's assessment. Enough of these boring-as-eff albums where every song has the same structure, the same tempo, the same I 2nd Andy D's assessment. Enough of these boring-as-eff albums where every song has the same structure, the same tempo, the same fingered guitar, the same "delicate" vocals. 1 is enough! Expand

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