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Alternative & Indie - Released February 7, 2020 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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A former member of pop craftsmen Belle and Sebastian and an occasional collaborator of Mark Lanegan’s (three magnificent albums in the vein of Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood), Isobel Campbell has also kept time for a solo career in her name or under the alias of The Gentle Waves. Recorded in 2014, There Is No Other… stayed under wraps for six long years for unclear contractual reasons. It’s also the first real album that the Scot has produced in fourteen years. And what an album! Above all else, Isobel Campbell has always been ONE voice: a gem of rare purity that she never freely over-exploits. She uses her talent to create a folky pop, reminiscent of the 1970s Californian scene in Laurel Canyon (Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Mamas & The Papas, David Crosby) like on songs The National Bird of India and the dreamlike City of Angels which transport you straight to an Indian summer. Understandable seeing as the Glaswegian lived for several years in the City of Angels. The British folk revival from the end of the 1960s (Pentangle, Fairport Convention) seems also to have had an impact on her, but the real force of There Is No Other… is its ability to pool all these eras and particular musical styles in order to create her very own sensual and cinematographic soundtrack, sculpted by a vibraphone here, some strings there and a baritone guitar elsewhere. Bittersweet and certainly magnificent. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 7, 2020 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 7, 2006 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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A former member of pop craftsmen Belle and Sebastian and an occasional collaborator of Mark Lanegan’s (three magnificent albums in the vein of Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood), Isobel Campbell has also kept time for a solo career in her name or under the alias of The Gentle Waves. Recorded in 2014, There Is No Other… stayed under wraps for six long years for unclear contractual reasons. It’s also the first real album that the Scot has produced in fourteen years. And what an album! Above all else, Isobel Campbell has always been ONE voice: a gem of rare purity that she never freely over-exploits. She uses her talent to create a folky pop, reminiscent of the 1970s Californian scene in Laurel Canyon (Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Mamas & The Papas, David Crosby) like on songs The National Bird of India and the dreamlike City of Angels which transport you straight to an Indian summer. Understandable seeing as the Glaswegian lived for several years in the City of Angels. The British folk revival from the end of the 1960s (Pentangle, Fairport Convention) seems also to have had an impact on her, but the real force of There Is No Other… is its ability to pool all these eras and particular musical styles in order to create her very own sensual and cinematographic soundtrack, sculpted by a vibraphone here, some strings there and a baritone guitar elsewhere. Bittersweet and certainly magnificent. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 24, 2010 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan seemed like an unlikely musical couple when they first began collaborating in 2006 -- she of the breathy whisper, he of the deep, bluesy rasp. But their intriguing blend of bitter and sweet has turned into viable ongoing partnership, and on their third album together, Hawk, Campbell and Lanegan continue to merge their distinct but complimentary styles while adding a few new edges to their approach. While Lanegan didn't write any material for this album, someone got the fine idea of persuading him to dip into the Townes Van Zandt songbook; his voice was tailor made for the grim undercurrents of "Snake Song." "Come Undone," meanwhile, plays out over a taut R&B-flavored backing track with strings and a relentless single-note piano mirroring the tension of the lyrics, while "You Won't Let Me Down Again" winds out its dark, atmospheric melody with a dose of slashing guitar courtesy of James Iha. "Get Behind Me" is a rollicking dose of honky tonk fire, and "Lately" closes out the set with some passionate country gospel pleading. But the biggest surprise is the title track, a righteous blast of sax-driven blues that stomps and swaggers to hard that there's no room for vocals, and if it seems like an odd choice for an album from a pair of singers, it's wild and tough enough that no one is likely to mind. Much of the rest of the album follows the template of Campbell and Lanegan's first two albums, but if it's heavy on echoing atmospherics and open spaces, there's no arguing that Campbell (as producer and primary songwriter) knows how to make this stuff work, and her duets with Lanegan sound only more confident and intuitive with time. Ballad of the Broken Seas was a surprise because two seemingly mismatched artists proved to be a splendid collaboration; four years later, Hawk isn't as startling, but it's encouraging to know that the magic between Campbell and Lanegan not only hasn't worn off, it's manifesting itself in new and compelling ways. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 13, 2008 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 23, 2006 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 7, 2003 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 24, 2020 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 23, 2019 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 27, 2019 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 18, 2019 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 22, 2019 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 18, 2020 | Cooking Vinyl Limited

Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2010 | Vanguard Records

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  • The return of Isobel Campbell
    The return of Isobel Campbell The Scottish singer and former member of Belle & Sebastian returns with a long-awaited solo project, at times reminiscent of 1960s California...