Album: The Bookhouse Boys, Tales To Be Told (Black)

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The second album by The Bookhouse Boys – the nonet named after a shady cabal in Twin Peaks – is a romantic and dramatic entity, which sounds at times like Divine Comedy pitched into the middle of the Crimean War.

With Paul Van Oestren and Catherine Turner alternating lead vocals but violinist Johnny Flynn stealing the show, this is a dark and beguiling maelstrom of orchestral pop, flamenco folk and spaghetti-western twang which leaves you wanting more.