Album Review: Do the Musiking by The Big Eyes Family Players

Album Name: Do the Musiking
Artist: The Big Eyes Family Players
Year/Label: 2006 / Pickled Egg Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

The Big Eyes family Players is an ensemble lead by James Green and David Jaycock. This lengthy opus sees them aided by amongst others, James Yorkston, Suzy Mangion, Rachel Grimes and Jeremy Barnes.

I’m not sure what to call this, it’s folk but it has its jazzy and poppy moments. This is what the word eclectic was invented for.

A tribute to classical composer Gorecki rubs shoulders with sea shanties.

Still this is not weirdness for its own sake, but music for the open-minded.

It’s mostly instrumental but James Yorkston’s singing could bring tears to anyone’s eyes. His lead on “Sunday Jacket” is sublime.

In all this is a remarkable album.

Posted on June 9, 2006

Track Listing
1. Golden
2. Mr laurel’s lapse
3. Absolute endings
4. For Gorecki
5. Owlet Moth
6. Aquatopiate
7. For Cognac
8. Doreen
9. Cokoo without clock
10. Prankyar
11. Sunday jacket
12. Bobo square
13. I just don’t understand
14. Ballad of the blue lantern
15. Bear and butterfly
16. Die nacht
17. Shanty for darty
18. Tresaith
19. A dream of fires
20. Olive
21. Going home
22. Lapping
23. Eight wrong choices
24. The printmaker’s dilemma
25. Cloak
26. And as you ask for trouble
27. The night jar
28. The two men who was one
29. Dweddglo

[The Big Eyes Family Players Official Site]


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