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Reviewed by Francesca Baker

Lifting poetry from the page, playing all instruments himself, and recorded and produced across some of the UK’s more unusual musical locations including an haunted industrial mill Shaun Hunter is nothing if not ambitious. A clever and noble idea is however let down in its execution. Rather than epic sonispheres of Elbow et all, opener Soon is more reminiscient of James Blunt, and Still Talking Scribble is indeed an aural scrawl.  Over the length of thirteen songs the evocation of a campestral idyll gives way to a drab and dreary landscape, insubstantial and forgettable. From Cathedral Cities to Dark Northern Towns is a highlight, the cadence of its Wild Beasts esque howls compellingly rhythmic, but this glimpse of brilliance is all too isolated in this rather disjointed piece.

Comments

  • marlene tate
    Posted November 3, 2011 12:28 pm 0Likes

    i have seen quiet rebellion live, plus have all his albums, he is simply a genius and to review his album like this is outrageous! each to his own i know but james blunt????? come on!

    • Pete Shields
      Posted November 3, 2011 1:05 pm 0Likes

      Absolutely Marlene – well said – reviewer’s like this are doing music a complete disservice – it say’s absolutely nothing, other than she doesn’t like it !
      Quiet Rebellion, as you say, is a superb inivotive artist who is brilliant, both live and recorded.
      I think I may apply for Francesca Baker’s job – she is a joke !

  • Pete Shields
    Posted November 3, 2011 12:52 pm 0Likes

    Music is an amazing art form, and like all art it is completely subjective – however – as the late great OLIVER NORVILLE HARDY once said ” DON’T EVER KNOCK ANYTHING UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING BETTER TO PUT IN ITS PLACE ! ”
    This is a wonderful piece of advice of which this particular reviewer is obviously completely ignorant.
    I had always thought any review should contain an insight, for the reader, of the material under critique.
    This just sounds like an attack upon the artist, who incidentally, is one of the most credible, inivotive musicians I have had the pleasure of meeting ( and I have met many in my time as an ex- singer / songwriter, now music promoter )
    I suggest, Francesca, that you visit your local G.P – they can, and will, happily syringe you ears – as it is obvious you have some kind of deficiency – QUIET REBELLION = JAMES BLUNT ? That is like comparing Margaret Thatcher to Karl Marx ! …… and there are decent music journalists out of work ?
    Your article has me completely baffled !

  • Sharon Brogden
    Posted November 3, 2011 2:39 pm 0Likes

    Excuse me… is there another “Quiet Rebellion” on the scene? Because I don’t recognise one word of this review about the Quiet Rebellion that I know. The man is definitely a genius and has a voice that sends shivers down your spine. Musically, he’s doing what no one else is, he’s pure brilliance. I suppose if you just prefer worn out old tribute bands then you might not be so keen, but if you want something mesmorising and innovative with a live performance where you can hear a pin drop, then nothing comes close to Quiet Rebellion!

  • Chris Martin
    Posted November 3, 2011 3:10 pm 0Likes

    I have seen Shaun on many play live occasions and having listened to this and other recordings I can’t quite see
    how the hell you came to the James Blunt comparison !
    You don’t like the album ? Fine, that’s the beauty of personal taste but “James Blunt” that has
    to be in there just as an insult !

  • Pete Shields
    Posted November 3, 2011 4:03 pm 0Likes

    Music is a wonderful means of expression and, like every art form, it is subjective – however, reviews like this one irritate me to the core.
    The wonderful Oliver Norville Hardy once said : ” People should never judge anything unless they have something better to put in its place ! ”
    This review is exactly that – a judgement – which tells the reader absolutely nothing about the music, or the artist, of which it is addressing.
    The whole point of any music critique is to afford the reader an insight into the artist and their craft – this falls woefully short on every score.
    I feel reasonably well qualified ( I have been a singer songwriter for more than 25 years and a music promoter for more than 5 years ) to comment on Quiet Rebellion.
    Quiet Rebellion aka Shaun T Hunter is a superb artist of the highest order.
    His live performances ( of which he has made several for me ) have been, like his albums and Still Talking Scribble in particular, nothing short of stunning.
    I suggest Francesca pays a visit to her G.P. to have her ears syringed as she most definitely has a hearing deficiency ………….. James Blunt ? ………… a ridiculous comparison – that is like comparing Margaret Thatcher to Karl Marx ……. get a grip !!

  • Francesca Baker
    Posted November 3, 2011 6:38 pm 0Likes

    Thanks for all the responses – think that’s the most animated our readers have ever got… Are there any other albums you recommend I listen to? I confess, I wasn’t keen, but there may be something more to change my mind? And Pete – you’re more than welcome to write for us!

    • Pete Shields
      Posted November 4, 2011 1:03 am 0Likes

      Dear Francesca
      First of all, thank you and congratulations for having the decency to reply to someone who was / is obviously passionate about great music, and in this particular case, Quiet Rebellion aka Shaun T Hunter.
      Still Talking Scribble is a work of extreme beauty which is driven by a level of humanity and musicianship which requires the listener to transcend the normal, shallow realms to a much deeper spiritual place.
      Every nuance of carefully chosen instrumentation transports each ” true listener ” to the intended plain.
      Granted, this intellectual, spiritual, stimulus is not for everyone …. but then truly great art has never, ever been a popularity contest : Vincent Van Gough couldn’t sell a painting in his life time because ” the sheep ” didn’t get it – now the same herd, flock to purchase even the worst examples of his art
      for ridiculously crude amounts of money.
      I am quite happy in my work, promoting excellent music, it is a joy and a pleasure – as for reviewing any art form – let me at it – my opinions are as valid and erudite as any serious critic on the globe x

  • Pete Shields
    Posted November 4, 2011 1:06 am 0Likes

    Why have my responses not been afforded proper space – are they so carefully formulated and erudite that they may embarrass your inadequate critics ?

  • Pete Shields
    Posted November 4, 2011 1:09 am 0Likes

    QUOTE : OLIVER NORVILLE HARDY : ” FOLK SHOULD NEVER KNOCK ANYTHING IN LIFE UNLESS THEY HAVE SOMETHING BETTER TO PUT IN ITS PLACE ! ”
    Says quite a lot really eh ?

  • Alice
    Posted November 4, 2011 9:47 am 0Likes

    Er, she doesn’t like it. Suck it.

  • Luke Park
    Posted November 4, 2011 9:50 am 0Likes

    It is a bit of a dreary album… Purpose of music reviews is to help provoke debate – good work Francesca!

  • itsallhappening_music
    Posted November 4, 2011 9:50 am 0Likes

    Pete – I have checked and all your comments have been approved and are showing, so I’m not sure what you mean by not afforded proper space?
    I appreciate everyone’s comments, although Francesca does say it is ‘a clever and noble idea’ and that From Cathedral Cities to Dark Northern Towns is ‘a glimpse of brilliance’, so I don’t think the review is quite as critical as some people are making out.
    Music is all about opinions and not everyone shares the same! Life would be pretty boring otherwise, huh? If any of you would like to review the album as well then we would be happy to publish it on our site.

  • Becky Glass
    Posted November 4, 2011 11:35 am 0Likes

    Pete, I’m really looking forward to reading your review of the album. Judging by your quote it should be better than the thoughtful, articulate one above. We’re in for a real treat.

  • Francesca Baker
    Posted November 4, 2011 9:40 pm 0Likes

    Ahhh Pete I see why you thought all your messages were being ignored…I just found them in our spam. Ahem.

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