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The Queen of Hearts

Fate - AV March 02, 2018

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"The Queen of Hearts" a music CD by Offa Rex, a group that is a collaboration between The Decemberists, an American Indie Folk Rock Band from Portland, Oregon, and British folk music singer Olivia Chaney who grew up in Oxford England.  OK, first, who was Offa Rex anyway?  He was a king in very, very early England.  There is no connection I could find of Offa with a "Queen of Hearts".  But who cares.  It’s the music in this CD that is outstanding. The Decemberists have been producing music since 2001, and have 7 albums to their credit with an 8th to be released in March 2018 (I'll Be Your Girl).  The group claims to have been influenced over time by various British folk rock artists and their collaboration with Olivia Chaney on "The Queen of Hearts" has resulted in a completely different sound for them, one which I hope they revisit with more albums in the future. Olivia's voice is pure, crisp and clear, reminding me of Maddy Prior, a British folk singer with the excellent band Steeleye Span.  Her singing on this CD gives the Decemberists a new quality of sound.  She appears on most of the 11 tracks on this CD.  Those familiar with British folk music will recognize some of the titles and melodies.  It is a very enjoyable album.  A



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