Offa Rex The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts

Offa Rex

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on July 14, 2017 by Nonesuch

Main artist: Offa Rex

Genre: Blues/Country/Folk > Folk

Distinctions: Songlines Five-star review (October 2017)

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Album : 1 disk - 11 tracks Total length : 00:48:42

  1. 1 The Queen of Hearts

    Traditional, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Bass - Jenny Conlee, Piano - John Moen, Drums - Colin Meloy, Producer, 12 String Guitar - Chris Funk, Electric Guitar - Olivia Chaney, Arranger, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals - Offa Rex, MainArtist - Anna Fritz, Cello Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  2. 2 Blackleg Miner

    Traditional, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Bass - John Moen, Drums - Colin Meloy, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, 12 String Guitar - Chris Funk, Mandolin - Olivia Chaney, Backing Vocals, Harmonium - Ralph Carney, Bass Clarinet - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  3. 3 The Gardener

    Traditional, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Bass Guitar - John Moen, Drums - Colin Meloy, Producer - Chris Funk, Dulcimer, Autoharp - Mirabai Peart, Viola - Olivia Chaney, Arranger, Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals, Dobro - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  4. 4 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

    Ewan MacColl, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Colin Meloy, Producer - Olivia Chaney, Lead Vocals, Harmonium - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  5. 5 Flash Company

    Traditional, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Bass - John Moen, Drums - Colin Meloy, Producer, Electric Guitar - Mirabai Peart, Viola, Backing Vocals - Olivia Chaney, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  6. 6 The Old Churchyard

    Traditional, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Bass - John Moen, Drums - Colin Meloy, Producer, Electric Guitar - Mirabai Peart, Viola - Olivia Chaney, Arranger, Vocals, Harmonium - Ralph Carney, Woodwind - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  7. 7 Constant Billy (Oddington) / I'll Go Enlist (Sherborne)

    Traditional, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Arranger, Bass - Jenny Conlee, Accordion, Arranger - John Moen, Arranger, Drums - Colin Meloy, Producer, Arranger, Electric Guitar - Chris Funk, Arranger, Electric Guitar - Ralph Carney, Bass Clarinet - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  8. 8 Willie o' Winsbury

    Traditional, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Upright Bass - Colin Meloy, Producer, Guitar - Olivia Chaney, Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  9. 9 Bonny May

    Traditional, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Bass - Jenny Conlee, Hammond Organ - John Moen, Drums - Colin Meloy, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals, 12 String Guitar - June Tabor, Arranger - Chris Funk, Electric Guitar - Olivia Chaney, Harpsichord, Lead Vocals, Harmonium - Steve Drizos, Congas - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  10. 10 Sheepcrook and Black Dog

    Traditional, Writer - Steeleye Span, Arranger - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Bass - Jenny Conlee, Hammond Organ - John Moen, Drums, Gong - Colin Meloy, Producer, Electric Guitar - Chris Funk, Electric Guitar - Olivia Chaney, Harpsichord, Vocals - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

  11. 11 To Make You Stay

    Lal Waterson, Writer - Tucker Martine, Producer - Nate Query, Bass - John Moen, Drums - Colin Meloy, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals - Olivia Chaney, Piano, Backing Vocals, Harmonium - Offa Rex, MainArtist Copyright : 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc. 2017 Nonesuch Records Inc.

About

Confessed Anglophile Colin Meloy's affinity for U.K. folk music finally comes full circle on The Queen of Hearts, a meticulously crafted collaboration between the Decemberists and English folk artist Olivia Chaney. Comprising strictly traditional fare, the songs that make up Offa Rex's debut will be familiar to fans of the style, as many of their definitive versions have arrived via genre heavyweights like Anne Briggs, Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, Ewan MacColl, Fairport Convention, and Steeleye Span. The latter two acts figure most prominently on the 11-track set, with the supremely talented Chaney channeling Sandy Denny and Maddy Prior, delivering pitch-perfect takes on seasoned tales both bucolic and brooding. Meloy and company also adopt the Span/Convention template, fleshing things out with spindly electric guitars, fiddle, and lumbering drums -- the group's take on "Blackleg Miner" hews so closely to the 1970 Steeleye version that it almost verges on karaoke. The secret weapon here is Chaney, whose excellent 2015 debut, Longest River, rightly evoked comparisons to Joni Mitchell and June Tabor. Her command impresses throughout, especially on some of the more pastoral numbers like "Old Churchyard," "Willie o' Winsbury," and the knotty Dreamboat Annie-era Heart-inspired title cut, and her presence helps to even out some of the album's more distended offerings, like the doomy psych-rock outlier "Sheepcrook and Black Dog." All nitpicking aside, Queen of Hearts is as committed a piece of retro-leaning English folk-rock as one could hope for -- there's even some Morris dance music. Meloy and Chaney's genuine love for the source material is apparent throughout, and while it may not bring anything too new to the table, it still makes for a delicious spread. ~ James Christopher Monger

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