- Personnel: Vashti Bunyan; Marcelo DeOliviera (guitar); Kevin Barker, Otto Hauser (electric guitar); Adem (autoharp, harmonium); Ian Burdge, Gillon Cameron, John Mercalfe, Frances Dewar, Fiona Brice (strings); Max Richter (recorder, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Mellotron, vibraphone, glockenspiel, glass); Rebecca Wood (oboe); Robert Kirby (trumpet, French horn); Devendra Banhart (acoustic guitar); Adam Pierce (hammer dulcimer); Joanna Newsom (harp); Adem .
- Recording information: Cava, Glasgow, Scotland; Eastcore Studios, London, England; Sound Cafe, Nine Mile Burn.
- Arrangers: Vashti Bunyan; Max Richter .
- Touted in the late 1960s as a promising British folk artist, singer/songwriter Vashti Bunyan faded into obscurity after her 1970 debut, JUST ANOTHER DIAMOND DAY. Encouraged by that record's warmly received 2000 reissue and a growing number of admiring young artists--including Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Adem--Bunyan unveiled a new album in 2005, aided by the aforementioned performers. The result is a warm, inviting set of songs that showcases Bunyan's delicate voice and, like much of Nick Drake's work, succeeds in being spare and lush at the same time.
Magnet (pp.87-88) - "LOOKAFTERING softly plucks and clearly enunciates its bell-toned intentions."
The Wire (p.57) - "As an atmospheric shot of temporally dislocated folk spirit, it sits perfectly alongside JUST ANOTHER DIAMOND DAY."
Dirty Linen (p.55) - "Amazingly, her voice, songwriting, and arrangements have remained virtually untouched, and the magic is still there."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.63) - Ranked #33 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[With] a pure, gauzy backdrop for solemn ruminations on a grown-up, battle-scarred world."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[S]he's back, her voice a preternatural, childlike delicacy - astonishingly unaltered."