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  • Summary: The debut release for the music project between Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists features English-Irish-Scottish folk songs and was produced by Tucker Martine.
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The Queen of Hearts
To the queen of hearts, he's the ace of sorrow He's here today, he's gone tomorrow Young men are plenty but sweethearts few If my love leaves me what... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. 100
    The Queen Of Hearts, a sublime collection of old songs given contemporary heart transplants without ever betraying their essential original truth and spirit.
  2. Jul 20, 2017
    90
    Spending time with this dreamscape of a collection--and it's definitely worth spending time with--unveils themes of masculinity and, especially, femininity, all the quiet dangers associated with womanhood, whether it's "Flash Company" or the complex dynamic between rapist and pregnant victim in "Bonnie May."
  3. Jul 7, 2017
    80
    While it may not bring anything too new to the table, it still makes for a delicious spread.
  4. Jul 10, 2017
    80
    Echoes of Fairport, Span, Thompson et al abound, but Offa Rex has its own compelling identity, and should win Chaney an international name.
  5. Aug 3, 2017
    80
    There is something shimmering, cold, and tender in these songs. There are also moments of rock vigor that are the flip side to folk’s gentleness (never gentility).
  6. Jul 10, 2017
    78
    Subtlety is practically extinct. As a result, The Queen of Hearts demands a patient listen and a willing ear. Happily, this clear appreciation for folk nobility reaps its rewards.
  7. Mojo
    Jul 7, 2017
    60
    Occasionally it feels a little too theatrical--as on Willie O' Winsbury--but its roots are in the right place. [Aug 2017, p.95]

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