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Turin Brakes – Chim Chim Cher-ee
December 1, 2011, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Review, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , ,

Once in a while you come across music that you cherish and enjoy. Artists that offer a connection to you that disproportionally enhances the music – I suppose you could call it Outreach in the Key of C.

Of course, the music is always good (a statement which is always subjective) and that’s the key foundation to the cherishing, but there’s also the way they go about themselves and, more often than not, a personal tie or memory attached to them.

In my case, I was given two Turin Brakes CDs when I was a smaller boy by a  family friend, and inexplicably proceeded to listen to just one track out of twenty six on offer. But since rediscovering the band 18 months ago (especially latest album Outbusts) I’ve come to realise what I’ve been missing out on.

But getting to the point, Turin Brakes have released a between-albums EP in time for Christmas, which features one new track and three covers. Although I’ve not heard it, I’d happily stick my blogging neck on the line and say it’ll be worth a listen, especially since the one track I have heard is excellent.

Specifically, it’s a cover of the Mary Poppins classic Chim Chim Cher-ee – perhaps not a sentence I’d ever expected write – but one I feel is justified as it really is a clever and haunting cover. Who knew the wholesome Mary Poppins could be given such a dark and mournful twist? Turin Brakes have managed it with grace, all the while maintaining the integrity of the original, and donating homeless charity Shelter all the profits to boot.

Well worth a listen (you’ll be singing it for days…) and even more so downloading and benefiting a deserving charity in what is this most Charitable of seasons.


Download Chim Chim Cher-ee on iTunes

Visit Turin Brakes or pre-order their new EP

Visit Shelter


Turin Brakes – Chim Chim Cher-ee


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