Monday, 1 February 2016

The Bones of All Men


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 Rare thing, recordings that take traditional sounds and recombine them in new ways, resulting in music that inspires on its own terms. Richard Thompson has been doing exactly that for year. Now, with Philip Pickett--classical conductor and past member of the overlooked '70s British folk group Albion Band--he and his comrades from Fairport Convention have created a rich, varied album of Renaissance instrumentals. Indeed, this record amounts to a Fairport reunion, with Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, and Dave Mattacks contributing, who are joined by award-winning classical musicians Sharona Jordan and Pavlo Beznosiuk. The collaboration defies classification, with its driving drums, fierce electric-guitar runs, lonely recorders and virginals, and tingly pianos. Though there's not a voice or lyric to be heard, the music tells a compelling, vivid story. --Roy Kasten

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