James Yorkston, Nina Persson & The Second Hand Orchestra - The Great White Sea Eagle
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2023 Ratings: #15 / 42
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2023 Ratings: #23
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic
His teamwork with the Second Hand Orchestra, and especially with Persson, results in some of the most beautiful and moving music he's made, which is high praise indeed.
80
The Skinny
It's a match made in heaven when the light in Persson's voice gets into the cracks of Yorkston's baritone.
80
Mojo

The result is brooding, often humorous musing on life, joy, occasionally death ... But it's tender love song Mary, with its meandering sax, that stops you.

80
Uncut
Songs crisp as winter sunlight.
80
musicOMH
A special collaboration of tender, gentle moments that results in an enchanting and meditative listen.
80
Clash
A work of real refinement, ‘The Great White Sea Eagle’ is peppered with jewels.
80
Under The Radar

On The Great White Sea Eagle, Yorkston shows again that he is a significant 21st century songwriter who has chosen the perfect, if unlikely foil of Nina Persson to help realize his compositions. It’s a beautiful, hand made collection of natural and unforced songs to be treasured.

60
The Irish Times
Underpinned by SHO’s distinctive, some might say unique and colourful, playing, the songs are shaped by austere humour, humanity, nature and grief.
cfnugent
55

A mostly forgettable work, but there were some nice takeaways and songs that I'll keep in my rotation.

The Great White Sea Eagle is a collaborative effort between James Yorkston and Nina Persson, two artists I was entirely unfamiliar with before tonight. They each have their moments to shine on this record which is a positive; neither outshines nor overpowers the other. Their performances in general aren't spectacular nor offensive, just simply fine, though I do like their voices quite a bit ... read more

gopxity
60

Plenty of pretty moments on this album. Also plenty of boring ones.

NTTR
59

James Yorkston, Nina Persson & The Second Hand Orchestra - The Great White Sea Eagle

Genre: Chamber Folk
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 59% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 43th / 64

Highlight: The Harmony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zn1CM4-TcA

Made me think of:
Katie Melua
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
King Creosote

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Added on: January 9, 2023