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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. HHlf life [03:59]
2. Love everlasting [06:17]
3. The breathing world [04:54]
4. Out of stars and into the sand [08:48]
5. The parting of the ways [07:45]
6. The horror [07:34]
7. Something to hide from each other [05:29]
8. Blood and guts [05:31]
9. Aging Madonna [04:52]
10. They know what they do [04:34]
11. An impossible task [07:00]
12. The executioner's lover - part I- what boling arms of whales and babes [05:31]
13. The executioner's lover - part II- the victim [03:05]
14. The executioner's lover - part III- the winds that drug the farm [04:34]
15. The executioner's lover- part IV- the moon stops speaking [06:00]

Total Time 1:25:53

Line-up / Musicians

Paul Napier (Vocals/Guitar/Piano)
Ross Fleming (Accordion)
Simon Cottrell (Bass)
Aaron McGregor (Violin)
Daniel Paterson (Violin)
Stuart Brown (Percussion)
Robert Henderson (Trumpet)


Robert Anderson (Cello)
Emma Peebles (Viola)
David Munn (Cello)
Charlotte Penketh (Viola)
Tim Quick (Trumpet)
Martin Fell (Alto Sax)
Scott Murphy (Tenor Sax)
Geoff Allan (Pops/Saw)

Releases information

Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Geoff Allan at Cava Studios
December 2012 and January 2013

AltRock Production

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Review by DamoXt7942
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3 stars A UK act The BLUE SHIP are one of promising chamber rock projects that launch cynical melodies and sorta epoch-making sound literacy. Sounds like they have various musically theoretical insights and techniques but do not stick to one genre nor one style but explore musical variation and diversity. Their debut (and only one so far) album "The Executioner's Lover" is fastidious one with distorted melody sweep, eccentric string stream, and decent pop essence. We can say that the soundscape of the album itself is light but plenty of complex kinds of flavour beneath their world, can't we?

Like a circus show, a pierrot le fou (maybe the frontman / vocalist Paul) keeps dancing in front of the audience, and some performers (especially two violinists Aaron and Daniel) play skillfully but weirdly, behind the master. The show is our pleasure indeed, and no tragic moment around them, but sadly looks like the creation's body might be too light for every progressive rock fan to accept enthusiastically. Their chamber sensitivity reminds me of the same vein like Lunapark Ensemble (no folksy texture in The BLUE SHIP though). This album could appeal to every genre fan but at the same time could not be so acceptable for him/her ... a tough stuff but this could be called as progressive, let me say.

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