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Album: Been Listening
# Song Title   Time
1)    Kentucky Pill
2)    Lost and Found
3)    Churlish May
4)    Been Listening
5)    Barnacled Warship
6)    Sweet William, Pt. 2
7)    Water, The
8)    Howl
9)    Agnes
10)    Amazon Love
11)    Prizefighter and the Heiress, The
12)    Mountain Is Burning, The
13)    Trains
14)    Sweet William
15)    Drum
 
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Ryan Hadlock.
  • Recording information: Bear Creek Studio; Rhubarb Studios; The Fortress; Werewolf Studios.
  • Arrangers: Lillie Flynn; David Beauchamp; Adam Beach; Johnny Flynn; Joe Zeitlin; James Math‚; The Sussex Wit.
  • Johnny Flynn spends half his time working as a Shakespearean actor, and the other half recording folksy, old-world music that takes its cues from the Elizabethan era. Been Listening, the follow-up to his 2008 debut, also throws some modern influences into the mix, resulting in a combo of traditional British folk and quirky, contemporary roots music. For a genre that relies so heavily on stringed instruments -- namely fiddle, banjo, and acoustic guitar -- there's certainly a lot of brass here, with Flynn picking up his trumpet during at least half of the songs. There's also a healthy debt to the crossover-folk movement that swept through England during the first half of 2010, which puts Flynn in the same league as nu-folksters like Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling (who sings harmony on "The Water"), and Noah and the Whale. Been Listening is somewhat softer than those artists; rather than build up to a soaring climax, most of these songs chart a steady course instead, with melody and mood being emphasized over spectacle. Johnny Flynn knows when to give his listeners a break, though, and the one-two punch of "Howl" and "Agnes" helps rustle up some sweaty energy, which keeps the album moving in its second half. ~ Andrew Leahey
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Horns and Afro drumbeats inaugurate the album with `Kentucky Pill,' and passages of lachrymose electric guitar help to mourn the demise of music on the title track..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] has authentic Britfolk qualities....[Flynn is] blessed with an English-accented tenor and a flair for fiddle and banjo-augmented arrangements."
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