Abandoned Love

Abandoned Love

by Trembling BellsTrembling Bells


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Let's be honest: Carbeth had set the bar really high. The release of Trembling Bells' debut album in the summer of 2009 had been a surprise, and a radiant one at that. Their heady blend of country-rock feeling, folk roots, and wacky humor -- and the odd-couple pairing of Lavinia Blackwall's voice with Alex Neilson's -- worked brilliantly though inexplicably well. Released a year later, Abandoned Love eschews the second-album syndrome by building on the group's strengths without stripping anything away. The songwriting has matured and, most noticeably, the comic-relief element found on the first album and generally embodied by Neilson ("Your Head Is the House of Your Tongue," for example) has been toned down and tucked at the tail end of the track list (in the form of "You Are on the Bottom [And the Bottle's on My Mind]," overtly country-rock with pedal steel and fiddle and all the bells and whistles). "Adieu, England," "Darling," and "Love Made an Outlaw of My Heart" stand out, the first two as perfect examples of Trembling Bells' take on medieval-inspired folk songs, the latter as their unique brand of country/classic rock. Blackwall's soaring voice is better used on this album, and overall the disparate influences of the band are better integrated into a distinctive group sound. However, there is nothing here that stands out like the gripping "Willows of Carbeth" did on the first album. Carbeth was an instant like; Abandoned Love is more of a grower. But the folk fire's still burning, and with this second opus, Trembling Bells have proven they are more than a flash in the pan.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2010
Label: Honest Jon's
UPC: 4047179475723
catalogNumber: 47
Rank: 113576

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trembling Bells   Primary Artist
Laurie Anderson   Cello,Background Vocals
Mike Hastings   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Jew's Harp,Background Vocals,Group Member
Stevie Jackson   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Background Vocals,E-bow,Lap Steel Guitar
Simon Shaw   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Lavinia Blackwall   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Glockenspiel,Harp,Vocals,Group Member
John Cavanagh   Background Vocals
Alex Neilson   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Ceylan Hay   Background Vocals
Will Summers   Flute,Recorder,Shawm,Crumhorn
Solveig Askvik   Violin
Ross McCrae   Trombone
Richard Merchant   Trumpet,Cornet
Martin Beer   Jug,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Joe Boyd   Liner Notes
Stevie Jackson   Producer
Lavinia Blackwall   Arranger,Artwork
Trembling Bells   Arranger
John Cavanagh   Producer
Alex Neilson   Arranger,Composer

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