Uncut - p.1415 stars out of 5
- "Collins is fearless, singing louder than ever required of her, but pitch perfect and drawing out every ounce of drama and emotion."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1304 stars out of 5
- "Full of shivery moments."
Albion Country Band/Shirley Collins: Shirley Collins (vocals); Barry Dransfield (vocals, fiddle); Maddy Prior (vocals); Simon Nicol, Tim Renwick (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Richard Thompson (acoustic 12-string guitar, electric guitar); Dave Bland (hammer dulcimer, concertina); Francis Baines (hurdy-gurdy); Lol Coxhill (alto saxophone); Ian Whiteman, Dolly Collins (piano); Ashley Hutchings (bass guitar); Dave Mattacks, Roger Powell (drums).
This album's significance rivals that of Dylan's plugging in at Newport. Shirley Collins joins the electrified Albion Country Band, which featured members of Fairport Convention, including Richard Thompson and Ashley Hutchings. This is a startling confluence of forms, as the full rock sound meets Shirley's enchanting balladry. Touching on love and loss, murder and rebirth, these songs are sometimes harrowing yet immensely satisfying in their delivery. "Murder of Maria Marten" illustrates that point as deep textures coalesce making for a driving, almost Celtic rock sound. "The Little Gypsy Girl" drifts about in a smoky haze. NO ROSES is another bit of proof that Collins is one of the finest interpreters of English ballad and song, and going electric does nothing but enhance her artistry.