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Format: CD
Sku: 214321169
UPC: 883870054829
UPC 14: 00883870054829
Release Date: 3/23/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Because He Was a Bonny Lad ~ The Unthanks
2. Sad February ~ The Unthanks
3. Annachie Gordon ~ The Unthanks
4. Lucky Gilchrist ~ The Unthanks
5. Testimony of Patience Kershaw, The ~ The Unthanks
6. Living By the Water ~ The Unthanks
7. Where've Yer Bin Dick? ~ The Unthanks
8. Nobody Knew She Was There ~ The Unthanks
9. Flowers of the Town ~ The Unthanks
10. Not Much Luck In Our House ~ The Unthanks
11. At First She Starts ~ The Unthanks
12. Here's the Tender Coming ~ The Unthanks

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Darren Hall; Adrian McNally.
Muze PNote Recording information: Blast Studios, Newcastle (04/2009-06/2009).
Muze PNote Photographer: Alex Telfer.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Niopha Keegan; The Unthanks; Becky Unthank; Rachel Unthank; Chris Price ; McNally.
Muze PNote It could have been commercial suicide. In the wake of a breakthrough success, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset have not only changed the band's name to the more encompassing and curate the Unthanks, they've also made huge personnel changes. It's certainly not a strategy a marketing man would recommend, but this is a band that's always been about the art, not the commercial success. The basis remains folk music from the Northeast of England, and the fuller sound of a nine-piece band changes the backing and fills it out splendidly, with bass and drums giving a firm foundation. The focus on the singing of sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank is, if anything, firmer than before, and nowhere is that clearer than on the harrowing "The Testimony of Patience Kershaw," about child labor in the Victorian mines, or the heartbreaking beauty of the traditional "Annachie Gordon." However, although there's plenty of gloom and doom on this disc, it's leavened by some lighter spots, such as "Betsy Belle." For the most part, it works, the only real failure coming with a cover of Lal Waterson's "At First She Starts," a piece so personal that outsiders trying to find a way into it are largely doomed -- but it's a brave attempt, and says a lot about the scope and confidence of the group. Musically, there's much greater richness and variety in the arrangements now, heightening the shadings that have always been there, and bringing them to the fore, while also making it easier for a wider audience. ~ Chris Nickson

Producer: Adrian McNally

Engineer: Adam Sinclair

Artist Overview

British folk group the Unthanks took shape in 2004 under a different name, Rachel Unthank & the Winterset. Formed by sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, the Winterset released two albums and earned a loyal following in the U.K. before switching monikers in 2009. With a slightly different lineup in place -- one that featured Rachel's husband, pianist Adrian McNally, as well as fiddler Niopha Keegan and guitarist Chris Price -- the Unthanks released their debut album, Here's the Tender Coming, that same year. ~ Andrew Leahey

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/23/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : RTRADECD548
Music Label Name Label : Rough Trade
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00883870054829

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.92)
- "[I]ts doomed subjects are well served by the band's dark, gentle strums and ghostly piano lines."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Their trad arrangements of others' songs are bewitching, particularly the haunting sad 'Annachie Gordon'..."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[There is] a wintry eloquence to much of TENDER....Rarely has the deep past sounded so stirring, or so modern."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Unthanks
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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