Mike McLatchey 12-September-2002 Hush

There is an old Irish traditional entitled "Van Diemen's Land," which is about those exiled from the isles to Australia. So it's not much of a surprise to see a band in the vein of Fairport Convention down under, although surely it's not common either. Extradition, naturally, is led by lovely female vocals in a fragile folk style that doesn't really ever bring rock into the album in an overt way. Shayna Karlin is backed by prevalent, yet sparse instrumentation, and the first few songs are especially underarranged, with only guitar and harpsichord as an accompaniment. In fact, there is a lot of percussion used on the album, although it's rarely used in conventional ways, instead reminding me of the sort of atmospheric uses that Jade Warrior put percussion to on their mid-period works. Generally, the album consists of ten tracks, five per side, and barely a one stands out in any sort of gripping fashion. There are some sidetracks in between most of the gentle folk balladry, like one piece with mostly keyboards as a change of pace, and another couple with Graham Lowndes on vocals. However, none of the music is particularly gripping, and if you were expecting this to be a folk-rock or acid-folk band, you're likely to be fairly disappointed. A pretty, yet unremarkable album overall. [Side 1: A Water Song / A Love Song / Original Whim / Minuet / A Moonsong // Side 2: Dear One / A Woman Song / I Feel the Sun / Ice / Song for Sunrise // Personnel: Shayna karlin - vocal, palm leaf, organ ; Colin Campbell - guitar, sticks, piano, vina; Richard Lockwood - bamboo flute, harpsichord, harmonium, violin, recorder; Bob Lloyd - bamboo chimes, glass chimes, Indian bells, metal chimes, drums, slit drums, timpani, Chinese and Turkish gongs, Lebanese bell, tom-tom, tables, anklung, glockenspiel; Ken Firth - dulcimer, cello; Terry Wilson - water; Graham Lowndes - vocal; Doug Ashdown - stones; Steve Dunstan - cello]

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