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  • Summary: The second album from Fay Hield sees the British folk singer working with the The Hurricane Party: Jon Boden, Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, and Sam Sweeney.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
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  1. 80
    Hield's command of her material is unerring and the outcome compelling.
  2. Sep 5, 2012
    80
    She doesn't seek to graft herself onto these songs; instead, and with considerable skill, she draws out from them new layers of wit, tenderness and melancholia.
  3. 70
    Andy Cutting (accordion), Jon Boden (Hields's partner and the Bellowhead frontman is on fiddle, guitar and double bass), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello), Rob Harbron (English Concertina and fiddle) and Martin Simpson (guitar, banjo) provide the classy framework for Hield to interpret 11 traditional songs.
  4. Sep 5, 2012
    60
    It's an album that impresses rather than excites.
  5. Sep 5, 2012
    60
    Orfeo's spare soundscape can sometimes seem a bit frugal, but Hield proves a versatile frontwoman. [Aug 2012, p.73]
  6. Oct 12, 2012
    60
    It's Hield's increased confidence as a singer that is most striking. [Jul 2012, p.102]