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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Brit folk, August 8, 2005
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E. C Goodstein (Northern CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Songs of Misfortune (Audio CD)
I can't add much to the editorial review. This is maybe a surprise but a great folk album, in okay 'retro' style-- but so 'old' it's new again! They do remind of The Young Tradition (& just a bit of The Weavers), but in some

ways the vocals even better. And Harding's bonuses w. band do kinda channel Fairport Convention if with slightly modern twists too. And very nice to hear Nora O'Connor & Kelly Hogan singing a different repertoire.

Surprising, but very engaging project-- I hope they record again!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle, November 14, 2005
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This review is from: Songs of Misfortune (Audio CD)
I just loved this record. I didn't really know much about it going in, though I had read the novel to which it is attached - but this is simply a beautiful record of well-arranged and wonderfully recorded A Capella music. These are mainly traditional folk songs, but also some fake old songs (found in Misfortune) and a haunting cover of Leonard Cohen's superb Joan of Arc. This CD really took my by surprise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Gem in Wes's Treasure Chest, March 2, 2006
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Dennis Howes (Sacramento, Ca United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Songs of Misfortune (Audio CD)
If this CD and the Misfortune book were the only thing John Wesley Harding ever did, it would be enough to label him a modern artistic genius. His wit and humor made me a big fan 12 years ago. Check out his CD's..start with "Why We Fight" or if you enjoy "Songs of Misfortune" try "Trad Arr Jones". He also has free downloads of music on his web site. Better yet catch a live show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, kooky set of traditional a capella British folk tunes, July 16, 2009
This review is from: Songs of Misfortune (Audio CD)
The Love Hall Tryst
"Songs Of Misfortune"
(Appleseed, 2005)
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An intriguing a capella collaboration between English pop-folk troubadour John Wesley Harding and alt-country chanteuses Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor (with Brian Lohmann rounding out the quartet, in the bass register), singing adaptations of old English traditional tunes that were featured -- get this -- in a novel written by Harding, under his given name, Wesley Stace. The results are pretty good, although not as arresting Harding's earlier tribute to folkie Nic Jones, "Trad. Arr. Jones." (Note: if you like these kinds of old-world vocal songs, you might also want to check out albums by groups such as Shirley Collins, Young Tradition, The Watersons, and my particular favorites, the little-known Magpie Lane and the duo of Keith Kendrick & Lynne Heraud. All lovely stuff -- and this is a good jumping-off point to discover more!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, February 18, 2007
This review is from: Songs of Misfortune (Audio CD)
Interesting mix of songs and styles, in a good way. While most of the album is vocals only, i also enjoyed the two songs at the end that he sang with instrument accomppanyment.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars faux-lk, October 17, 2005
This review is from: Songs of Misfortune (Audio CD)
A cappela madrigals about the unfortunate demises of a variety of doomed peasents. The songs are full of strikingly poetic betrayal, murder, forboding dreams, ghosts, stabbing, hanging. Lines like "High above the wedding guests, he hung the ashes of her wedding dress" and "If he was fire, she must be wood" abound.

The ridiculous contrast between the sweet vocals and grotesque lyrics by itself is entertaining enough to justify buying this album.
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