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Though she began her recording career in the early ‘60s, this is just the second full-length release by Vashti Bunyan. (Her debut single, released on Decca in 1965, was “Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind,” written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.) Despite this light output and her self-imposed obscurity — she left the music business entirely for over 30 years — she has attained a near-mythic status among British folk purists for her unique sound and list of credentials. She was once under the management of Andrew Loog Oldham and her 1970 debut, Just Another Diamond Day, was produced by British folk-rock legend Joe Boyd. Bunyan has a wispy, fragile voice that seems poised to crack at any moment, and she uses it to create a lingering tension threading through these songs. The lush instrumentation is airy enough for the delicate vocal foundation to support, whether it is a gently plucked acoustic guitar or a larger ensemble consisting of piano, a string quartet, French horn, trumpet, organ, flute, harp, and hammer dulcimer. The songs, at once intensely personal yet universal in theme, are focused on her experiences as a wife and mother and she explores the attendant feelings of love, loss, sacrifice, and the realities of domestic life: “Days going by in clouds of flour and whitewashing/Life getting lost in a world without end.” With Lookaftering, Bunyan offers a collection of intimate songs that deserves to reach beyond her current limited cult following.

Customer Reviews

really beautiful

really beautiful

Fabulous comeback.

What an amazing comeback album! It manages to maintain the quiet magic of the first album, but there is a slight maturity in her Vashti's voice (30 years willl do that to a person) that I like. I hope Vashti continues to put out more music now that she's back in the business!

Perfect for Fancy Space People

Just for those in the know Not music for Grey Ones pretending to be rainbow children


Born: 1945 in England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Vashti Bunyan is a folk chanteuse and singer/songwriter, best known for her 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day, which was rediscovered in the 21st century and dusted off with a new CD issue as one of the great musical finds of its era. Born in London in 1945 -- and counting herself a direct descendant of writer/preacher John Bunyan (1629-1688) -- she first took up the guitar while a student at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, from which she was ultimately expelled at age 18 for spending...
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