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Shirley Inspired by Various Artists

Various Artists

Shirley Inspired

Release Date: Jun 9, 2015

Genre(s): Folk

Record label: Earth Records


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Album Review: Shirley Inspired by Various Artists

Excellent, Based on 3 Critics

PopMatters - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Taking this collections’ title at face value, these songs serve as merely starting points for contemporary artists to inject themselves, paying homage while making them wholly their own. While artist-specific tribute collections are often scattershot and full of clear high points and others that miss the mark. Approaching Shirley Inspired as just that, a collection of Shirley Collins compositions rendered in a variety styles, from the traditional to more abstract, its three discs present a challenging listen that finds its subject’s material twisted and reshaped in a whole manner of contemporary idioms, each of which takes Collins’ traditional folk balladry as its source material and furthers it well beyond where she could have perhaps ever imagined.

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Blurt Magazine
Opinion: Excellent

The Upshot: UK folksinger and cult heroine Shirley Collins get the tribute treatment to fine effect. When I was a kid my parents would play Pete Seeger records in the house. It kept open in my young brain a sensitive nostalgic spot for folk music. It wasn’t until many years later that I finally heard British folk music like Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention.

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The Quietus
Opinion: Excellent

There's more to England than maypoles, chivalry and John Bull. Not all of its darling buds of May get to blossom. Its tales are bloody and nasty, set in a world of rampant misogyny and grizzly murders. These are the stories that were passed from generation to generation, whether through the spoken word, the written word or song.

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