Angie Palmer | Tales Of Light & Darkness

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Tales Of Light & Darkness

by Angie Palmer

"one of the best British Singer-Songwriters" Bob Harris BBC R2Country, Blues, Folk Singer-Songwriter
Genre: Blues: Folk-Blues
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1. Fool's Gold
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6:24 album only
2. Down On Zero Street
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5:31 album only
3. Ravens
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5:56 album only
4. Premonition Blues
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5:45 album only
5. Columbus For a Day
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4:19 album only
6. The Ballad Of John Henry
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5:56 album only
7. Michelangelo
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4:41 album only
8. The Secret Betwen The Sun And Moon
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4:37 album only
9. Rose Of Sharon
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10. Letters From Home
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Album Notes

Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 “One of the great British songwriters”.

"A lyrically sharp album with gritty vocals and powerful music that makes you sit up and listen! A wonderful diverse collection that should get her even more critical acclaim." **** Maverick Magazine

Country Music People “Anyone who enjoyed “Road” will enjoy this album. Better than 99% of any album you’ll hear this year. Original and polished” 4? stars out of 5 John Tobler

"chockfull of fine songs sensitively excellent album." 8/10 americana-uk

Blues Matters “With strong elements of blues, folk, & country as a base, Angie Palmer has produced a very fine collection of 10 songs. Add in the beautiful packaging & you have an album with quality stamped all over it.”

What they said about Road
"One of Britain's Best current Singer-Songwriters...absolutely gorgeous...wonderful music on this album 'road'"
Bob Harris BBCR2

"a writer of considerable to be played at regular intervals."
Fred Dellar **** Mojo Magazine.

"This is an exquisite collection...a definite one for my albums of the year"
John Tobler***** Album Of The Month. Country Music People.

"Has a delicious hair-in-the-voice approach that gives her a tough edge over more fey contemporaries...Impressive"
Rob Hughes *** Uncut magazine


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Maverick Magazine

"A lyrically sharp album with gritty vocals and powerful music that makes you si

A lyrically sharp album with gritty vocals and powerful music that makes you sit up and listen! ****

Angie Palmer is known for her strong use of European influenced narratives in her music and on this album she draws on literature as her main source as in the dark visions of Edgar Allan Poe on the broodingly tormented Ravens with Angie's wonderfully tortured and moving vocals pulling you in to the songs contents and moods.
The plaintive Columbus for a Day is about the death of a close friend and is such a beautiful eulogy that it begs for you to press repeat again so as to really listen to the words. The mood is carried on into The Ballad of John Henry with some fine harmonica sounds from Angie to compliment her stirring vocal delivery.
The arts figure again in the jauntily catchy Michelangelo and The Secret Between the Sun and the Moon is superb just for the pure simplicity of sound.
Throughout the album Angie is supported by some quite wonderful musicians forming perfect framework for Palmer's exquisitely edgy vocals as well as her fine musicianship on acoustic guitar, banjo and harmonica.
Palmer has been compared, quite fittingly, to Joni Mitchell and Lucinda Williams and her excellent songwriting partnership with Paul Mason has garnered analogies with Bob Dylan. Also championed by Bob Harris and only one of two female singer-songwiters chosen for his recent Best of British show proves the high esteem she is beginning to be held in.
This is a wonderfully diverse collection of music that should get her even more critical acclaim building on her last album Road which was included in HMV Choice’s Top Ten.

"chockfull of fine songs sensitively excellent album." 8/10 americ
Striking fourth release from Preston based songstress

With several fine reviews for previous releases under her belt and radio play from the venerable Bob Harris, it’s strange that Palmer hasn’t made a bigger name for herself by now. Released on her own aKrasia label this album, chockfull of fine songs sensitively played should give her a big push. Fronting a great band, acoustic based, with sterling guitar work from Steve Buckley and sweet violin from Richard Curran, the music flows beautifully, at times recalling the soundscapes of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira or Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece. Taken at a leisurely pace throughout the songs are unhurried, allowing the players to stretch out creating some wonderful interplay. On the closer, Letter From Home, they approach that languid sound achieved on some of Nick Drake’s work.

Opening song, Fool’s Gold, is the jauntiest here, inspired by Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov’s stories the violin soars like Scarlett Rivera’s on Dylans’s Desire. On The Ballad of John Henry a man looks back at his misspent days as he prepares to face his maker, Buckley has an excellent slide solo, the equal of some of David Lindley’s work. Premonition Blues is a wordy litany concerning climate change sung over sympathetic acoustic picking. The Rose of Sharon visits Steinbeck’s displaced farmers heading for disappointment in the promised land, again the music is excellent with the violin especially impressive. Palmer’s lyrics (co-written with Paul Mason) are above average and she has an attractive voice, low in the register, unforced and lived in.

Overall an excellent album. 8 out of 10