Looking Glass CD (2010)

Artist: Fay Hield

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Label Topic Records
SKU 216726217
UPC 714822057325
UPC 14 00714822057325
Format CD
Release Date 9/21/2010
Author Fay Hield
Technical Info
Engineer Andy Bell; Keith Angel
Producer Jon Boden; Fay Hield
CatalogID TSCD 573
Lable Name Topic Records
Released 09/06/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 28s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00714822057325
Album Notes and Credits
Adapters: Jon Boden; Fay Hield.
Recording information: Wavelength Studios.
Photographer: David Angel .
Arrangers: Sam Sweeney; Jon Boden; Fay Hield.
Even before Fay Hield released this debut, she'd made waves as the first signing in a decade to the venerable Topic folk label. The question is, can she live up to all that hype? Although she's not the finished article yet, Looking Glass is an impressive beginning. She's picked a few fairly well-known pieces for the album, like "The Banks of the Nile" and "Sheepcrook and Black Dog," but there is plenty of the unfamiliar here. The backing is sparse, with no full band and often just the scraping of fiddles, and it's all the more powerful for it. Hield has an unusual voice, darker and Northern, but with a unique, endearing sound, especially on "The Looking Glass" with its unusual octave jumps. She works with sympathetic figures (Jon Boden, who plays several instruments here and co-produces, is her partner in life as well as music) who accentuate her music. She's powerful on longer ballads, such as "Kemp Owen," while still maintaining a powerful presence on the shorter songs. Even unaccompanied, as she is on "The Shepherd's Daughter," she has an indefinable quality that bodes very well for the future. After such a good debut, Fay Hield looks set for a glorious singing career. ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The] subtle accompaniment intensifies Hield's elegant voice....Hield is a rare talent."
Disc 1
1 Huntsman, The
2 Mad Family
3 Two Brothers
4 Looking Glass, The
5 Little Yellow Roses
6 Banks of the Nile, The
7 Kemp Owen
8 Sheepcrook and Black Dog
9 Grey Goose and Gander
10 Shepherd's Daughter, The
11 King Henry
Product Attributes
Artist Hield,Fay
Label Topic Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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