This Earthly Spell

Karine Polwart

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Folk, Scottish
Hegri Music
March 10, 2008

Format: Compact Disc



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The chiming opening track, a gorgeous vocal setting of a lyric by eminent Scots poet Edwin Morgan, gives way to the steely, swampy "Sorry", whilst the delightful jazz inflected whimsy of "The News" contrasts the anti-nuclear political bite of "Better Things" and the incisive "Painted It White". Unsurprisingly, for a new mum, three songs deal with motherhood. The poignant understatement of "Firethief", which Polwart wrote originally for HIV/AIDS documentary "The Enemy That Lives Within", one of BBC Radio 2's Radio Ballads, unravels a mother's loss; whilst she wrote the tender and delicate "Rivers Run" for her own son.

But it's the eerie and atmospheric parable "Tongue That Cannot Lie" that, most of all, betrays Polwart's background as a former philosophy teacher, and her ongoing fascination with moral ambivalence. Inspired by the supernatural legend surrounding thirteenth century Scottish Borders poet and prophet Thomas The Rhymer, it also distinguishes her as an ambitious and captivating storyteller.

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Key Value
Catalogue number HEGRICD04
Barcode 0805520212526
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 86g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. The Good Years -
2. Sorry -
3. Better Things -
4. Rivers Run -
5. Painted It White -
6. Firethief -
7. Behind Our -
8. Eyes -
9. The News -
10. Sorrowlessfield -
11. Tongue That Cannot Lie -