Heart's Ease

Shirley Collins - Heart's Ease
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #26 / 492
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
2020 Ratings: #498
July 24, 2020 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer
The veteran singer’s comeback really takes wing with this impeccably judged set.
90
Uncut

Heart's Ease finds Collins' voice rejuvenated, and her confidence restored.

90
Loud and Quiet

It isn’t hyperbole to point out that what we’re dealing with on Heart’s Ease is something that reaches into the distant past of the rural labouring class. But that isn’t why it’s good; no, it’s the sheer enduring potency of the material, the magnificent austerity of the delivery and arrangements.

90
musicOMH
Collins is a musical key worker, her songs compelling at every turn.
80
Q Magazine
Superb late-flowering album from folk heroine.
80
The Guardian

Heart’s Ease is a wild flower that self-seeds and grows tall alone. The cadences of the phrase also suit Shirley Collins in the present, and there is confident calmness in her ninth solo album in 61 years.

80
Record Collector

Heart’s Ease is ample evidence that Shirley Collins still has the ambition, passion and guts to not only document where folk has come from but where it’s going.

80
The Arts Desk

After comeback album ‘Lodestar’, English folk’s prime voice is composed and contemplative.

80
AllMusic

Heart's Ease goes further, revealing she's still a vital performer and an artist willing to explore new and unfamiliar territory, suggesting a more interesting future than listeners might have imagined.

80
Mojo
Next to well-known traditionals like Barbara Allen and Canadee-i-o, the unheard compositions shine bright.
80
Clash
A transformative folk experience that carries a glimpse of the uncanny.
80
Spectrum Culture
Don’t call it a comeback; at 85, Shirley Collins is releasing the best music of her career.
78
Beats Per Minute
Collins’ devotion to the folk tradition is as strong as ever. She continues to bring new life to the musical artefact that is the folk song, and the fact that she brings so many years of her own to these interpretations makes them feel all the more authentic.
76
Pitchfork

Heart’s Ease is beautifully rendered, presenting Collins’ voice in reverent focus amid acoustic guitars, mandolin, and the occasional fiddle.

jeetygt
79
I honestly don't even care that this sounds like bops the Pilgrims would have heard on the Mayflower. It's cozy and beautiful, and I've succumbed to it like medicine. (On a more serious note, I have an immense respect for music that's humble and doesn't care to be ostentatious, but nothing I've heard recently hits that high like THIS.)
jonzrv
81
Como muy bien valoro lo ambicioso, también aprecio que Shirley Collins nos haya presentado un trabajo tradicional y simple. Muchos críticos intentan buscar el disco que mejor represente los tiempos de cuarentena, diciendo cosas tipo "wow representa muy bien la situación actual", sin embargo este es un aire refrescante de modestia y alegría, utilizando cosas antes ya vistas por supuesto, pero que viene como anillo al dedo ahora mismo.
MarkyC
36
Poorly mastered nursery rhyming leaves karaoke vocals with no place to hide.
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
NTTR
58
Shirley Collins - Heart's Ease

Genre: Traditional Folk
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 58% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 365th / 651

Highlight: Sweet Greens and Blues

Made me think of:
Steeleye Span
Fairport Convention
Marianne Faithfull
Sinead O'Connor
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Track List

  1. The Merry Golden Tree
  2. Rolling in the Dew
  3. The Christmas Song
  4. Locked in Ice
  5. Wondrous Love
  6. Barbara Allen
  7. Canadee - I - O
  8. Sweet Greens and Blues
  9. Tell Me True
  10. Whitsun Dance
  11. Orange in Bloom
  12. Crowlink
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Added on: May 28, 2020