Here?s The Tender Coming CD (2010)

Artist: Unthanks

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Label Rough Trade/ada
SKU 214321169
UPC 883870054829
UPC 14 00883870054829
Format CD
Release Date 3/23/2010
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Author Unthanks
Artist Contemporary Antony and the Johnsons
Artist Contemporary Cate Le Bon
Artist Contemporary Crying Lion
Artist Contemporary Johnny Flynn
Artist Contemporary Laura Marling
Artist Contemporary Mumford & Sons
Artist Contemporary The Leisure Society
Technical Info
Engineer Adam Sinclair
Producer Adrian McNally
CatalogID RTRADECD548
Lable Name Rough Trade
Released 03/23/2010
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 22s
UPC 00883870054829
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Darren Hall; Adrian McNally.
Recording information: Blast Studios, Newcastle (04/2009-06/2009).
Photographer: Alex Telfer.
Arrangers: Niopha Keegan; The Unthanks; Becky Unthank; Rachel Unthank; Chris Price ; McNally.
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
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
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) (p.112) - 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."
Disc 1
1 Because He Was a Bonny Lad
2 Sad February
3 Annachie Gordon
4 Lucky Gilchrist
5 Testimony of Patience Kershaw, The
6 Living By the Water
7 Where've Yer Bin Dick?
8 Nobody Knew She Was There
9 Flowers of the Town
10 Not Much Luck In Our House
11 At First She Starts
12 Here's the Tender Coming
Product Attributes
Artist Unthanks
Music Format Compact Disc

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