CD Been Listening [Digipak] [626570610304] (CD 6979666),
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Been Listening [Digipak] [626570610304]

  • 1. Kentucky Pill
    2. Lost and Found
    3. Churlish May
    4. Been Listening
    5. Barnacled Warship
    6. Sweet William, Pt. 2
    7. Water, The
    8. Howl
    9. Agnes
    10. Amazon Love
    11. Prizefighter and the Heiress, The
    12. Mountain Is Burning, The
    13. Trains
    14. Sweet William
    15. Drum
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Trans113US

  • Credits
    ProducerAdam Beach; Ryan Hadlock
    EngineerRyan Hadlock

    Audio Mixer: Ryan Hadlock.
    Recording information: Bear Creek Studio; Rhubarb Studios; The Fortress; Werewolf Studios.
    Arrangers: Lillie Flynn; Adam Beach; David Beauchamp; Johnny Flynn; Joe Zeitlin; James Math; The Sussex Wit.
    Johnny Flynn spends half his time working as a Shakespearean actor, and the other half recording folksy, old-world music that takes its cues from the Elizabethan era. Been Listening, the follow-up to his 2008 debut, also throws some modern influences into the mix, resulting in a combo of traditional British folk and quirky, contemporary roots music. For a genre that relies so heavily on stringed instruments -- namely fiddle, banjo, and acoustic guitar -- there's certainly a lot of brass here, with Flynn picking up his trumpet during at least half of the songs. There's also a healthy debt to the crossover-folk movement that swept through England during the first half of 2010, which puts Flynn in the same league as nu-folksters like Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling (who sings harmony on "The Water"), and Noah and the Whale. Been Listening is somewhat softer than those artists; rather than build up to a soaring climax, most of these songs chart a steady course instead, with melody and mood being emphasized over spectacle. Johnny Flynn knows when to give his listeners a break, though, and the one-two punch of "Howl" and "Agnes" helps rustle up some sweaty energy, which keeps the album moving in its second half. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Horns and Afro drumbeats inaugurate the album with `Kentucky Pill,' and passages of lachrymose electric guitar help to mourn the demise of music on the title track..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] has authentic Britfolk qualities....[Flynn is] blessed with an English-accented tenor and a flair for fiddle and banjo-augmented arrangements."
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