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Ragged Kingdom


Download links and information about Ragged Kingdom by June Tabor & Oysterband. This album was released in 2011 and it belongs to Rock, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 46:08 minutes.

Artist: June Tabor & Oysterband
Release date: 2011
Genre: Rock, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 12
Duration: 46:08
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No. Title Length
1. Bonny Bunch of Roses 5:00
2. That Was My Veil 2:56
3. Son David 3:53
4. Love Will Tear Us Apart 3:30
5. (When I Was No But) Sweet Sixteen 3:05
6. Judas (Was a Red-Headed Man) 4:14
7. If My Love Loves Me 5:01
8. The Hills of Shiloh 4:33
9. Fountains Flowing 3:53
10. The Leaves of Life 3:39
11. Seven Curses 3:34
12. The Dark End of the Street 2:50



Twenty-one years before Ragged Kingdom, June Tabor joined British folk-rock icons Oysterband for Freedom and Rain, a unique outing that mingled traditional folk with artists like Billy Bragg and The Velvet Underground. That's still a much-loved treasure, but it may be eclipsed by Ragged Kingdom, which is just a shade more brilliant. Tabor's always had a regal, mature tone, and here, the mostly grim topics (violence and war, despair, grief) are in good hands, though at times she sounds lighter, perhaps more relaxed, than usual. Traditional songs—like the dark, galloping “Bonny Bunch of Roses,” the apocalyptic “(Judas) Was a Redheaded Man,” and the gorgeous a capella “(When I Was No But) Sweet Sixteen”—unfurl with natural grace, and covers like the fiddle-driven Dylan track “Seven Curses” and a deeply moving cover of PJ Harvey’s “That Was My Veil” are unspeakably satisfying. Perhaps the most noted song, a barebones, cello-rich cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” speaks loudest to this perfect union. The collaborators' respectful and emotional connection to the song comes through in this very original and heartfelt rendering.