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Best album i've heard in a long time

well, Johnny flynn has produced an absolute gem of a debut. Backed by his band The Sussex Wit, Flynn has produced a genuinely charming album of folk songs, full of witty lines which are only backed by Johnnys great voice. The album features previous singles The Box, Leftovers and Tickle Me Pink, which have had reworkings, but after a few listens i love The Box as much as i loved the single version. Personal highlights for me are: 1. Leftovers 2. The Wrote & The Writ 3. The Box 4. Eyeless In Holloway 5. Hong Kong Cemetry Although these five are probbaly my favourites after a few listens i can't find a single bad song on this album. All i can say is buy it really, for fans of Johnny Flynn, Noah and The Whale or Laura Marling, or just listeners who can appreciate good music and excellent lyrics!

sweet acoustic love!!!

With this album you can just imagine yourself sitting in the middle of a green field on a hot summers day and this album playing in the background which i feel makes a good album. Thanks to his backing band the sussex wit it gives his songs an essence which his earlier recordings did not have. Best song by far is Tickle me Pink!

So good I lost my girlfriend.

Obviously Leftovers and The Box were chosen as singles as they are the least folky and most accessible to a wider "alternative" audience. Well they certainly got me on that score. I played those two tracks so much on repeat that my girlfriend pulled the plug off the player. But by then I'd learnt the words. And now I can't stop singing them, she's left me for good. JF's modern update on classic folk took me right back to listening to my dad play at the Poynton Folk Club. His lyrics are witty, and there's just something exceptionally endearing about the way the sometimes sad news is delivered on this record. I don't know whether it's record of the year, but it's 5 gold stars for what they've achieved.


Born: London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An actor, poet, and Americana-styled songwriter, Johnny Flynn was initially a member of British folk group the Sussex Wit before moving up to become the group's frontman. As would befit someone with such a varied artistic background, Flynn cited both W.B. Yeats and Shakespeare as influences, as well as musicians such as John Fahey, Vaughan Williams, and Langhorne Slim. Flynn's debut album, A Larum (recorded with the Sussex Wit but credited with his name), was released in 2008 on Vertigo Records in...
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