Monday, September 18, 2006

Robin Williamson "Myrrh" (UK Folk 1972)

When the Incredible String Band's long strange trip began to show signs of discontent in 1971, both Mike Heron and Robin Williamson took it upon themselves to exorcise their angels/demons in the studio. Heron went first, choosing a more rock-oriented direction with Smiling Men With Bad Reputations, followed by Williamson, who took the ISB's pastoral British folk a step further with the truly sublime Myrrh. While the odd instrumentation and serpentine melodicism that fuel standout tracks like "Strings in the Earth and Air," "Will We Open the Heavens" and "Through the Horned Clouds" are oddly affecting, it's when Williamson strips away the layers that have kept so many potential fans from the much-needed repeated listens his compositions often require that his subtle genius is revealed -- "Dark Eyed Lady," with its weary, windswept romanticism and fluid acoustic guitar work is as heartbreaking as it is sparse. Fans flocked to Myrrh -- and for good reason -- as the ISB had been near their peak upon their dissolution, but Williamson's ten surprisingly accessible, yet brutally original odes to loves both earth-bound and divine blaze across the boundaries of British folk with such peaceful and uninhibited zeal that they manage to transcend the genre itself. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide

9 Comments:

Anonymous crazy pappy said...

With a link, it will be better for appreciate he he

18 September, 2006 02:06  
Anonymous jose ignacio said...

I´m a stringhead...and, of course, Mrrh is a excellent album.
please, downland it.

jos ignacio
jiegui@mixmail.com

18 September, 2006 02:15  
Anonymous crazy pappy said...

Many thanx for add the links(Planxty too)
Here is "Myrrh" line up:
Robin Williamson (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, violin, cello, flute,
oboe, piano, bass guitar, gong)
Stan Lee Buttons (pedal steel guitar, organ, bass guitar)
Janet Williamson (piano, organ)

18 September, 2006 02:57  
Blogger Yves Abouchar said...

Thank you! You're about as awesome as they come.

18 September, 2006 03:05  
Anonymous Bruce said...

I feel I must have this, even though I never heard of it before. (I do love 'Hangman's...daughter').

Your choices are irresistable, THTM.

18 September, 2006 18:06  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

I'm looking forward to listen to this. Thanks guys! :-)

19 September, 2006 19:25  
Anonymous darksun said...

One the finest albums ever

04 November, 2006 00:37  
Blogger Tumnus said...

Hi
i'd love to listen to this but the link seems to be dead. Could you repost it please

04 May, 2007 20:10  
Blogger John said...

May we be reposted please?

16 July, 2007 17:59  

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