The Life Of Birds

David Rotheray

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2-5 days
Genre
Folk, Americana
Label
Proper Records
Released
August 16, 2010

Format: Compact Disc

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Description

The seed for the album came about with opening track and first single ?The Sparrow, The Thrush & The Nightingale?, a laidback, upbeat melody with an instantly recognisable whistled refrain disguising an allegorical tale about greed. Deciding to enlist the services of respected folk singer Jim Causley to add juxtaposing vigour to the seething, bilious lyrics, Rotheray hit upon the idea of expanding the metaphor to write an entire album with birds as its loose notional concept, and calling upon some of the UK?s finest folk singer-songwriters to flesh out the music he had written. The result is fourteen superbly crafted songs that touch on some sensitive subjects with subtlety and grace ? although Rothery is quick to point out ?all pigeons described ? are entirely fictitious, and any resemblance to chaffinches, living or dead, is entirely coincidental!?
In a career that has taken him from forming The Beautiful South with Paul Heaton in the late 1980s to his critically-acclaimed acoustic side project Homespun, Dave Rotheray?s name has always been synonymous with music that mixes the melancholy with dry humour to great effect. On ?The Life Of Birds?, Rotheray has succeeded in crafting an album where the emphasis is firmly on songwriting, with some of the best lyrics and most beautiful music of his career.
Track listing: The Sparrow, The Thrush & The Nightingale (with Jim Causley / Living Before The War (with Bella Hardy) / The Road To The South (with Eliza Carthy) / Crows, Ravens & Rooks (with Kathryn Williams) / Draughty Old Fortress (with Alasdair Roberts) / Sweet Forgetfulness (with Camille O'Sullivan) / The Hummingbird On Your Calendar (with Bella Hardy & Jim Causley / Taller Than Me (with Julie Murphy) / Almost Beautiful (with Eleanor McEvoy) / Flying Lessons (with Nat Johnson) / The Best Excuse In The World (Is The Truth) (with Jack L) / The Digital Cookoo (with Bella Hardy) / Cover Your Garden Over (with Eliza Carthy) / The Sparrow, The Thrush & The Nightingale Part II (with Jim Causley).

Press Quotes

"...a passionate, funny, unbearably moving and deeply addictive record."

**** (4 Stars) Mojo

"...unassuming treat."

**** (4 Stars) The Scotsman

"Never less than engagingly bittersweet..."

*** (3 Stars) Q Magazine

"...a splendid piece of work constructed on a bed of feathery images."

The Sunday Times

"...lovely and intriguing album...definitely one to explore"

*** (3 Stars) Daily Express

"...has charm...sometimes cosy, it's seldom twee and it repays the quiet attention it requires."

*** (3 Stars) Mail On Sunday

included in the "What's hot on our playlist" feature

*** (3 Stars) The Independent

included in The Film & Music playlist "...songs or albums, old or new, they just can't turn off"

The Guardian

"...often serious, sometimes grave collection spanning the ages of man, sung by a variety of interesting voices"

Independent On Sunday

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number PRPCD061
Barcode 0805520030618
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 104g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. The Sparrow, The Thrush & The Nightingale (with Jim Causley) -
2. Living Before The War (with Bella Hardy) -
3. The Road To The South (with Eliza Carthy) -
4. Crows, Ravens & Rooks (with Kathryn Williams) -
5. Draughty Old Fortress (with Alasdair Roberts) -
6. Sweet Forgetfullness (with Camille O'Sullivan) -
7. The Hummingbird On Your Calendar (with Bella Hardy & Jim Causley) -
8. Taller Than Me (with Julie Murphy) -
9. Almost Beautiful (with Eleanor McEvoy) -
10. Flying Lessons (with Nat Johnson) -
11. The Best Excuse In The World (Is The Truth) (with Jack L) -
12. The Digital Cuckoo (with Bella Hardy) -
13. Cover Your Garden Over (with Eliza Carthy) -
14. The Sparrow, The Thrush & The Nightingale Part II (with Jim Causley) -