Album of the Month

The prospect of an award from FolkWords is unlikely to ensure artists undying fame. It does however, recognise work that we consider outstanding and wave a flag for albums that we feel you should invest some of your hard earned beer tokens to acquire. We reflect on all the albums our reviewers cover each month and select an album to recognise as FolkWords 'Album of the Month’.

Previous album choices: 'Album of the Month Archive'  

March 2018 ‘Personae' - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Needing no introduction whatsoever, the sound is distinctive, original and immediately identifiable.... not words you could use to describe just any duo. This time it’s their fifth studio album ‘Personae’, and with it Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman have created something that personaemoves from joyous to lamenting, through observational to reflective.

The songs subtly change mood and direction as the album progresses... the overall feel moves through a collection of narratives whose tales receive close and personal attention ... in which case, there are no surprise in the album title. The explorations of tradition ride alongside interpretation of originality and the divining of different, and all the while, whichever twist, turn and new direction is taken, they pull you along with them.

Opening with their own folk rock interpretation of ‘The Knight’s Ghost’ they lead into the honest assessment and revealing truth of ‘Independence’, from there they investigate the founding legend of Antwerp through ‘Tribute Of Hands’ before delivering a stunning take on Sandy Denny’s ‘Solo’.

The arresting beauty and haunting vocals of ‘Seasons’ moves into the macabre and faintly disturbing story of ‘The Street Of Cats Who Dance’, then there’s the mournful lament ‘Boney’s Defeat’ and to close they reveal another inscrutable tale with ‘Goddess Made Flesh’.

‘Personae’ remains an album for which the word ‘perfect’ is perfectly accurate.








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