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Mark Heard: A Treasure of the Broken Land

That Mark Heard turned down the offer of touring with Dylan and T-Bone Burnett speaks both of his talent and his humility. He may not have had the chance to make a big splash from that tour, but the ripples … Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn – Sight of Day

“This isn’t prog!” exclaimed my colleague on the way home from work, when this one was in the player. Of course, I defended the genre – explaining that it has always been broad enough to encompass folk, blues, rock, classical, … Continue reading

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A Man for All Seasons: The Oscar-winning Twig on my Family Tree

How can I have reached middle age without having seen A Man for All Seasons until now? Not only is it a great film (it won six Academy Awards) but the film’s hero, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England, Sir … Continue reading

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Stu Garrard – The Beatitudes Manifesto

So this release was 15 years in the making? Even without the book and film that are a part of this whole project, this one would have still been worth the wait.This is the ex-Delirious? guitarist’s best release since… probably … Continue reading

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Broadchurch (Boxed set)

(RLJ Entertainment / Acorn) 19 hours, 50 minutes Region 2 It is no accident that Broadchurch has grabbed Britain’s attention and held it over a few years. This excellent show is all about brokenness among beauty and how a small … Continue reading

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Future of Forestry – Awakened to the Sound

(Sound Swan Records) If Eric Owyoung (who is FoF) is looking for soundtrack commissions, he could do worse than submit this collection, which mixes lush strings, oriental splashes and a dash of Isaiah. A year ago, he released an EP … Continue reading

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Vox Clamantis: The Deer’s Cry (Music by Arvo Pärt)

Arvo Pärt’s music comes in various shades, and for those of us who prefer the most calm-inducing pieces, this release, which features shorter and more recent compositions, is a great find. No one does Pärt like ECM and these seventeen … Continue reading

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The Neal Morse Band: The Similitude of a Dream – the Best Christian Album to Come out in Decades?

After living with the Neal Morse Band’s The Similitude of a Dream for several weeks, I haven’t been as excited about an album release since… the band’s previous one. And that’s with some 70 reviews in between. No wonder that … Continue reading

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Anomalisa (DVD)

This beautifully animated work brushes with many questions about life, relationships and the value we place on individuals.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry Shine their Light in London

This was one of those gigs that you catch at just the right time and place. As the trans-Atlantic partnership of Bragg and Henry played the show, polls were beginning to close in the US presidential elections, and the setting … Continue reading

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