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Reviews for ‘Saturnine’

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‘She must surely now be considered among the highest echelons of the modern wave of British folk acts…  Devling into her adopted home, the west country of England, for influence and inspiration, she’s added guile, mystery, quaintness and indeed eccentricity to the alluring charm and simplistic style at the crux of her initial appeal…before you know it you have been sucked completely into the album’s quirky, faintly unearthly atmosphere.  Which I guess is what she intended all along.’ Colin Irwin, fRoots

‘The twelve dark and twisted ballads are largely about murder, violence and magical trickery.  But sung in Oates’s disinfecting voice an interesting tension arises.  It’s the musical equivalent of seeing the purest girl-next-door you know smoking a fag…a confident arrangement of traditional tunes, brilliantly executed and startling to hear.’  Arts Desk (CD of the day 31st Aug ’11)

‘A luscious album…rich in so many ways’ Songlines

‘What’s most impressive here is the way the arrangements and instrumentation weave together so seamlessly…comparisons with June Tabor are apt.’ Uncut ****

‘Whether seductively delivering stalwarts like Sweet Nightingale and Brigg Fair or linking with The Claque on Four Pence A Day and Marrow Bones, it’s the rustic beauty of Oates’ voice that enthrals.’ Mojo

‘Hers is such a different world that whenever I hear [her] I just want to be part of it’ Word

‘Oates remains the sweetest voice of her generation of English folkies’ Indepenedent On Sunday ****

‘Oates has emerged as a frontrunner among the new generation of Brit folkies, marked out by the purity of her voice…An exquisite piece of
chamber folk……makes for an atmosphere of rare enchantment’ The Observer

‘Standing out from English folk’s remarkable new wave, Oates has the finest voice of them all…Saturnine shows Oates at the top of her game’ Independent On Saturday [album of the week].

‘Charming, cool and tasteful’ The Guardian

Order ‘Saturnine’ here.

Reviews for ‘Hyperboreans’:

‘Former member of Rachel Unthank & The Winterset blossoms…this third Oates solo album finds her exuding fresh confidence, boldness and maturity.’ **** MOJO

‘The girl is a genius’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

‘Fine, sweet and gentle, likes Oates’ voice’ The Sun

‘Her ebullient cover of Sugarcubes’ ‘Birthday’ and the rush of electronica on the desolate ‘Past Caring’ are pure genius on a richly rewarding album.’ Independent On Saturday [album of the week]

‘Marking the full graduation of Jackie Oates as a front-line talent.’ fRoots

‘She has a voice full of delightful twists and quirks’ Word

‘Jackie Oates is deservedly becoming yet another young celebrity in the new folk scene.’ The Guardian read more

‘Expectations for Hyperboreans were high. On all fronts Oates delivers, with beautiful singing, innovative arrangements and an intriguing selection of songs’ ***** Songlines, Oct ‘09

‘This album leaves us in no doubt that Jackie Oates has arrived and is one of leading young folk artists.’ Electric Ghost, Aug ‘09

‘Oates has a clear voice that is at once traditional and modern, as embodied by the spine-tingling closing track.’ Q, Oct ‘09

‘English folk-pop, well chosen songs…and as pretty as some spring mornings.’ The Independent read more

‘Oates’s third album – produced by brother Jim Moray – is a subtle leap of faith for the outstanding young singer.’ **** The Telegraph

‘Jackie Oates…rides the Trad Arr express to heady glory’ Word

‘Each successive playthrough of this immediately likeable (and long-term unforgettable) disc convinces me more of its stature and its eligibility for the best-of-year lists’ Netrhythms

‘Butchers Boy…sung as a duet with Alasdair Roberts is sublime, catching every nuance that makes Jackie so special.’ Spiral Earth read more

‘Jackie Oates is a shining star within the musical community…an incredible album’ Bright Young Folk read more

‘Hyperboreans represents a move in a different direction…giving a glimpse of new musical horizons.’ ****R2 (formerly Rock & Reel)

Order ‘Hyperbpreans’ here.



Reviews for ‘The Violet Hour’:

‘This is an accomplished and beautiful album from a unique singer and musician, ‘The Violet Hour’ must surely be a contender for Folk Album of the Year.’ Channel 4 Music

‘Full of Shirley Collins intonations, her voice is persuasively rustic and style distinctly English – she takes the great leap forward with this second solo album and adds conviction, confidence and variety to natural charm.’ Colin Irwin, Daily Telegraph

‘Make room for another impeccable folk starlet-to-be’ The Word

‘I predict this disc will feature in my Albums of the Year list’ Netrhythms

‘The album is subdued, delicate, its guest musicians hovering discreetly in the background.’ Financial Times

Order ‘The Violet Hour’ here.

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