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The Willner project we've been waiting for
on April 21, 2013
There's less emphasis on the strange (often bad) "joke" cuts that tended to ruin things for me last time, resulting in a sadder and less tightly-interpreted collection of mayhem-packed piratical sea songs (and river songs, and boat songs). This is the kind of thing you know Hal can do but generally only get most of the time on a particular project of his: evocative and well performed interpretations, music for adventurous, intelligent listeners (of a cetain age demo, I'm guessing) featuring many of our musical heroes. Marianne Faithful, you are completely great and can "sell it" like few others are able to. Sean Lennon, good job, you surprised me pleasantly (I've heard other music of yours...stick with Hal) and Ivan Neville, you nailed it perfectly. Many tunes sent me to look up the lyrics. A few wistful selections deal with the loss of a loved one, be them lovers or bosuns, rather than the outright murders and rapes from volume 1. Another bonus is the way the songs appear to be written by them scallawag seamen that lived the life and freely throw the pirate slang around like empty rum jugs (and after a few listening sessions you start talking this way). I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and consider it his best project in years.