Seth Lakeman: Freedom Fields

SETH originally released this on his own label, but 35,000 sales down the line, the big money got interested, and lo, the album was re-recorded, re-ordered, reborn. But whether any of this money has actually helped the second child reveal the soul of thes

SETH originally released this on his own label, but 35,000 sales down the line, the big money got interested, and lo, the album was re-recorded, re-ordered, reborn.

But whether any of this money has actually helped the second child reveal the soul of these songs is debateable.

Seth trades in acoustic olde-folk styles, aided by emotive voice and talent for glorious melodies.

The melodies and emotion remain, but some of the rootsy, round-the-campfire atmosphere on the original of Lady Of The Sea, for example, has been traded for studio polish.

If you like pop-folk, buy this. For harsher, stripped-out folk, dig out the original, on iScream Music. 4/5