- Released: January 30, 2001
- Label: Warner Bros Uk
Entertainment Weekly - 12/28/01, p.138Ranked #5
"Album of the Year" in EW's "Best of 2001".
Entertainment Weekly - 1/26/01, p.100
"...A buoyant work that effortlessly conjures both past and present..." - Rating: A
Alternative Press - 4/01, pp.67-84 out of 5
- "...Bewitching....charmingly cohesive....Her formidable, soulful voice is much of the reason this album works..."
No Depression - 3-4/01, p.113
"...Throws together styles and genres that could be a difficult mix. Instead, Carthy makes it utterly beguiling, and ends up with an early contender for year-end best-of lists..."
- 1.Whispers Of Summer
- 2.Train Song
- 3.Beautiful Girl
- 5.Poor Little Me
- 6.The Company Of Men
- 8.Wild Wood
Personnel includes: Eliza Carthy (vocals, acoustic & tenor guitar, violin, octave violin, viola, keyboards, bass); Van Dyke Parks, Martin Carthy (piano); Leland Sklar (bass).
Personnel: Eliza Carthy (vocals, guitar, violin, viola, keyboards); Ben Ivitsky (vocals, guitar, violin); Alan Prosser, Martin Carthy (guitar); Mondriaan Quartet (strings); Martin Green (accordion, keyboards); Van Dyke Parks (piano); Al Scott (organ, keyboards); Carole Steele, Carol Steele (congas, bongos, percussion); Dolphin Boy (programming).
Audio Mixer: Al Scott.
Recording information: Air Lyndhurst Hall, London, England (01/1998-05/2000); Al's Bunker, Brighton (01/1998-05/2000); Clarion, Brighton (01/1998-05/2000); Esselle Beat Co, Brighton (01/1998-05/2000); Gardeners Cottage, Edinburg (01/1998-05/2000); Guilliome Tell, Paris, France (01/1998-05/2000); Riverside, Glasgow, Scotland (01/1998-05/2000); The Metway, Brighton (01/1998-05/2000).
Photographer: Tom Howard.
Arranger: Van Dyke Parks.
As the daughter of Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy, fiddler/singer Eliza Carthy was raised in the bosom of British folk, and followed its path until 2000's ANGELS & CIGARETTES, a one-album dalliance with the world of major labels and mainstream pop/rock. While Carthy's voice and melodic sensibility remain rooted in folk here, the arrangements venture into everything from trip-hop beats to bouncy electronic pop. It didn't last long, as she returned quickly to a more traditional folk style for her next few albums.