Album Review:A Distant Bell by Caroline Lavelle

Album Name: A Distant Bell
Artist: Caroline Lavelle
Year/Label: 2004 / Ringing tree records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Caroline Lavelle has previously recorded two solo records and worked with famous artists like Massive Attack and William Orbit. This new album is a lush foray into folk music with her own songs beside traditional compositions.

“So Uncool” is a richly orchestrated, soft song. Lavelle’s angelic vocals have never sounded better.

“Banks of the Nile” was made famous by Fotheringay. Lavelle’s version gives it a new life. It’s an inspired fusion of folk and electronica. Its tale of a girl who dresses up as a boy to follow her lover into war remains gripping.

“No More Words” is a song of a relationship gone sour.

“I give you no more words you take them hostage and bring them back in negative”

she sings.

The tune is up-tempo and jolly as a contrast. Or maybe she’s just that happy to be rid of the guy.

“Greenwood Laddie” is a traditional song. Lavelle made it in collaboration with Daniel Bedford after hearing a piece of his music that would go well with the song. The songs haunting and special sound prove her right.

“A Distant Bell” is another gem from Caroline Lavelle.

Posted on August 13, 2004

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Gently Johnny
2. So Uncool
3. Innocence Sleeping
4. Banks Of The Nile
5. Simple Lyric
6. No More Words
7. Too Late
8. The Trees They Do Go Grow High
9. Greenwood Laddie
10. Timeless
11. Handful Of Ashes
12. Farewell To Music
13. Gently Johnny (extended)

[Caroline Lavelle Official Site]


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