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Meet You There

by Oysterband

“Tremendous, joyous, remarkable .... The cream of their genre.” Rolling Stone. Once the bad boys of British folk-rock, Oysterband have grown over the past years into the role of musical custodians and godfathers of folk.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Over the Water
5:39 album only
2. Here Comes the Flood
3:56 album only
3. Where the World Divides
3:35 album only
4. Walking Down the Road With You
4:02 album only
5. Bury Me Standing
4:04 album only
6. Everything Must Go
3:13 album only
7. Control
3:44 album only
8. The Boy's Still Running
4:05 album only
9. Someone Somewhere
4:31 album only
10. Just One Life
3:44 album only
11. Dancing As Fast As I Can
7:37 album only


Album Notes
The 'house band' role Oysterband played in the UK for part of these years drew on the group’s formidable musical skills, rather as The Last Waltz did once upon a time for The Band. And it made them re-evaluate themselves. "We had to go back to the essential impulse that's kept the band kicking for almost 30 years - making new songs for ourselves," says Oysterbands Ian Telfer. "We put a PA system in a village hall on the Welsh border and got down to some serious playing. It's the doing it together that unlocks it for us," he insists. "It's the only way the songs can grow and breathe, of course. But also, we've always believed that creativity is a collective thing, and that's helped shape the band's politics. Not that we agree about everything, by a long chalk ... but hey, that's the spark."

Once new song structures were licked into shape, Oysterband took the best ideas to The Premises in Hackney (Europe's first solar-powered studio) to work on the voices and acoustic instruments. Some late ideas were added in Brighton and at cellist Chopper's studio in Sweden.

"I think the long, sustained preparation has enhanced Meet You There enormously," says Telfer. "The singing - everybody's singing - is better than it's ever been. The raw rush that used to take us out on tour with The Pogues etc has evolved into something more measured, more powerful. We listened to it all back when we'd finished and we all thought: 'Yes! Strong. Rooted.' (And then: 'Cop that!') Literally, it's been refreshing - it's renewed our self-belief."

"Meet You There" certainly delivers a fresh perspective on 'folk'. Check out the lovely mbira introduction by Chopper to the opening song "Over The Water", and the stinging rockabilly guitar beat of "Someone Somewhere" for contrast. For the singing, check out "Over The Water" again, "Where The World Divides", "The Boy's Still Running", the dreamy anthemic "Dancing As Fast As I Can". For the politics, the acid, knowing take on globalisation (over a cheery jugband backing) on "Here Comes The Flood".

"Meet You There is the most consistent thing we've done as a grown-up band," says Telfer. "It has what I like to think of as Oyster trademarks - a folk ear for a great vocal tune; strong lyrics; wry politics; and a sort of deep-down musicality that can afford to take itself fairly lightly. It's essentially acoustic, essentially folk-based I suppose. But we try to put it over with big dynamics and a sense of musical theatre."

30 years experience really shows.



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Brilliant. The Oysters evolve with every album, and some of the underlying themes here have been growing for years. There's outrage, there's melancholy, there's acidic commentary, and there's a lot of really excellent playing. Dunno about you, but it feeds my soul.

Kevin Murphy

Meet You There was well worth the wait.
Meet You There is the latest Oysterband album and the band is truly like a fine wine, they are getting better with age.
The vocals and instumentation is some of their best work ever. Label them folk rock, celtic rock, accoustic rock, country or African rock, I just label them great.
Thank you JJ, Chopper, Ian, Alan and Lee for staying together and I will meet you there Where the World Divides.

Stephen Ellner

One of their best
My whole family likes this CD. My daughter the family purist (classical music and Scottish fiddling YES, western swing and bluegrass NO) is partial to the quieter tracks - the opening to "The Boy's Still Running" has stopped her talking in midsentence - and she has been requesting it on car trips. My wife, who generally views the Oysters as one of those Loud Bands That Dad Likes, has been agreeing to play it. My son, whose tastes are broad but impeccable, is partial to the rowdier tracks and has been requesting them as bedtime songs. I was initially disappointed because it isn't the next "Rise Above" - far from it. Where Rise Above grabs you instantly, this one grows on you with repeated listening. The playing is superb (Lee continues to amaze, and has Prosser spent the last 5 years practicing all day or did they just not show him off before?), great vocals from everyone, and a wider than ever range of instrumental textures, styles, and themes. This one stands up next to the albums I viewed as their high points (the amazing run starting with Freedom and Rain), and in many ways shows how the band has grown since then. The only low points for me are the two closing tracks, especially the synth effect that opens the last track relative to what the band could have done acoustically. But overall it's decidedly one of their very best.

Edward Burke, Celtic music fan and college DJ

The World is Your Oyster....
All-original English Celtic folk music with hints of rock and country. Equal parts gentle, folksy and heavy. Good lyrics and superb playing. Would be good for road trips.
Tranks of note include "Over the Water", "Where the World Divides", "Bury Me Standing", "Everything Must Go", "The Boy's still Running", "Just One Life" and "Dancing as Fast As I Can".
For fans of U2, The Talking Heads, The Beatles, REM and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.


Top folk/rockers the Oysterband in a great return to form