Rebecca Blackman | In My Defence

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In My Defence

by Rebecca Blackman

Original acoustic folk from the UK. Emotive lyrics, true stories... hold on to your hearts!
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Wolf
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2. Life By Numbers
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3. Who Gives A
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4. Today
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5. For Maws
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6. U sed
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7. Lucky One
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8. Police Constable Creep
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9. Shake The Corpse
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10. Face In That Fabric
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11. Paperchained
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Album Notes
"... Where her fragile, piano-laden songs recall the bleak beauty of Mitchell's 'Blue', delicately plaintive vocals crystallise the whispering ghosts of forgotten folk heroines into something strangely modern, unique and enchanting..." Chris Moss, Harlow Star Sound Check

"Here's one of the quirkiest and most compelling story-tellers we've heard on this show. A great girl. Simply unmissable!"

In My Defence is Rebecca's debut album. With 11 original songs from the fairytale oriented 'Wolf' to the surreal dream state of 'Shake the Corpse'; from the stark desperation of the unrhyming 'Today' to the 65 piece choir of 'Paperchained'; from the quietly stated anger of 'U Sed' to the Beach Boys-esque vocals on 'For Maws', it's clear that the primary goal of this album was "quality" - and it achieves just that - lyrically, musically and harmonically. It is well played, sung, recorded and produced.

Rebecca wrote all the songs, plays all the pianos and sings all the lead vocals plus backing vocals. She also co-produced, co-engineered and mastered the album at home in her front room. Rebecca's team on this album include her husband Dave in the roles of basses/guitars drums, percussion, backing vocals, co-production and co-engineering, Roisin Quinn and Karen Lenihan as 50% of the 65 piece choir and Mick Gallagher, of The Blockheads and The Animals, who played all the Organs.

The quality theme continues visually with a set of water colours painted by local artist in residence, Matt White (no kidding) as a commission for the CD artwork.

Full of honesty, beautiful voices and talented musicians, this album is a remarkable achievement and, when considering that it is a first album and the recording location, doubly so.

Bluff Ultimate. 2007.



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Matt White, Artist In Residence In General

The gaps between the songs are like prawn crackers- they make you hungry

Virtual Radio Show

This is great music from a very talented songwriter very much in line with the legendary Joni Michael. Lyrically very strong and poetic, a brilliant separation between verse and chorus. The interpretation is extremely mature and the piano is absolutely right on. Rebecca voice is very English and right now very much in fashion, and for this I thing this talented musician has a great future ahead, I only hope someone takes note and gives her the opportunity she so clearly deserves.

Steven Craft

One of the few mesmorising albums you'll buy this year
Everyone lives in a town and goes about their everyday life dreaming of a different world; yet very few people can take all these events and sculpt them into a piece of artwork that exposes forgotten about topics while still being able to put across the simple aspects of life that often seem to be lost in the murmur of the modern world.

There is a vibe generated by 'In My Defence' that provokes feelings that are sometimes hard to place, at times beautiful music is used to convey heartbreaking emotions leaving the listener unsure whether to smile or cry. The songs are laid in in such a manner that listening to the album from start to end is like embarking on a journey; an adventure. Each song goes through a specific story or idea but also comes through in a way that makes it feels like it has been written just for you. Rebecca manages to link the listeners personal experiences with her harmonies and lyrics, making it feel like you have known each other for a lifetime.

There are a lot of albums of great music out this year and sometimes it's hard to separate between them as they blur in to one and other, borrowing ideas and styles and making hybrids of each other. But with 'In My Defence' you will be assured to have a unique listening experience that should not be skipped over. I whole heartily give this album five stars and recommend anyone who wants to be touched and memorized for a lifetime to buy this album; just be prepared to be on tenterhooks waiting for Rebecca Blackman's next album to come out.

Christopher Runa

Fresh new talent on the rise!
I first heard two of Ms. Blackman's songs on the Folk Alley website. I was instantly attracted to the melody's and lyrics. All the songs on this CD have a hook or an interesting approach to song writing that Ms. Blackman's music will be recognized by. This CD is one of the best production efforts I've heard coming out of a home studio. Compliments to her talented husband, contributing musicians and vocalists as well. Cheers!