A few months ago I discovered the music of The Legendary Ten Seconds and I’m thrilled that their newest album of the Richard III trilogy is also out on CD. The songs are again pithy and meaningful. It also comes with historical and highly interesting narrations between all of the songs which makes the CD all the more special.
The first two songs “Sheriff Hutton” and “Richard Livieth Yet” are dynamic songs with a beautiful swinging rhythm. “Written at Rising” has some cool sound effects and the instrumentation gives it a beautiful medieval feeling with a modern touch. “Gold Angels” is an interesting song about an old medieval Christmas tradition. “Act III, Scene 4 William Shakespeare” is striking with beautiful harmony. “The Year of 3 Kings” and “Hollow Crown” have a nice swing to them. They are accompanied by diverse instruments, but the acoustic guitar and a lively flute stand out nicely as does an electronic keyboard. “Remember my Name” is also filled with beautiful harmonies that strike a cord inside. “Lord Lovell’s Lament” is a slow song that stands out in its touching presentation. “Requiem Mass For Richard” tells the story of his sister Margaret after getting the news of her last brother’s death. It’s a heartfelt song with some definite rock elements. The song called “Royal Title” is about Sir George Buck finding Titulus Regius and the truth that deserves to be know! Sound effects and the sound of a beautiful acoustic guitar accompanies the “haunting” song called “Ambion Hill”. The last song of the CD is called “How Do You Rebury A King” and it is a catchy rendition of the events of Richard’s reinterment. It rounds out the album quite well.
This album brings together English Folk with a modern flair and some rock elements. Hard to imagine such a combination? Maybe so, but it’s a combination you likely won’t be disappointed in. Ian Churchward and his musicians of the Legendary Ten Seconds have created an astonishing set of thrilling, thoughtful, sometimes soothing and always professional songs that I wouldn’t want to miss anymore.