The 13 track CD arrived on my doorstep a week ago and I have been playing it on and off since then.
The Legendary Ten Seconds are a folk band with a twist, their music is historically based, this and others albums cover the
time of the Wars of the Roses, but this album is solely about Richard III and the events that changed his life and altered the course of history.
The first track on the album is called Sheriff Hutton, I loved it. I immediately thought of Steely Dan's Do It Again, and the way that track made me feel when I first heard it, like Do It Again, the instrumental intro conveys a sense of sorrow and loneliness, a sense of foreboding, if you know Richard's story then you will know what I am talking about, and that's why, for me its a great track. When the lyrics begin that is when you are really plunged into Richard's time. If you close your eyes, you may as well be standing listening to a minstrel telling Richard's tale to a crowd of peasants in a medieval market place somewhere in England.
Tracks 11, The Year of Three Kings and track 15 Remember My Name are also decent songs. In Track 23, called Ambion Hill, the band talks of ghosts, and the woodwind instruments and bells are used to great affect.
The band have cleverly used a historical narrative that builds the playlist into a 25 track album, it is written and recorded by author Matthew Lewis who I know to be an expert on these times.
For me the album ends as it began with a sense of sadness, and the thought of how things might have been.
Yes, The Legendary Ten Seconds have made an album that has been a pleasure to listen to.