‘Very fine stuff’
Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2, on ‘Easterly’
‘The album as a whole resonates with a mix of rockabilly and folk music... although it is quite melancholy in places, it’s also strangely enough quite a comforting record...’
Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2, on ‘There Is No Ending’
‘They’ve been something of a SouthWest secret, but they’ll be looking for a much wider audience with this collection of sad but beautiful vignettes... a hugely impressive mix of soul, smoky jazz and doo-wop. Brushed and malletted drums, subtle, understated bass and retro guitar licks provide a suitably cinematic sweep to the music. On top of this are Angeline Morrison’s sultry vocals, singing her self-penned torch songs. ‘The Well of Wisdom’ has all the hallmarks of a classic Phil Spector production from the ‘60s, while ‘The Centre Cannot Hold’ is a heartbreaking tale of a doomed, unrequited love. None of the songs are over 4 minutes – these bruised ballads have an enviable economy. The story is told and ends when it is finished – no fat or mawkishness. Just tight, taut requiems to love. Highly recommended.’
Pete Martin, ‘Exposed’ Magazine.
'The smell of freshly lit Lucky Strikes and Soho coffee shops invades these coolly insouciant songs by Angeline Morrison and co on their second album, which has already been taken up by Rough Trade shops as a favourite. Steve Lamacq has also been playing last single Red Around The Eyes on Radio 2, which is all this unique Cornish band deserves. Slightly harder, if a satin-coated cloud can be hard, than their debut, with plenty of twang- tastic guitar, this is an assured set of songs which "celebrate the art of falling apart", as a lyric on the lovely, lonesome The Centre Cannot Hold puts it. No one else at the moment is producing such intelligent 1950s/60s indebted pop music. Imagine Sandie Shaw covering Morrissey …. oh it's already happened. But it was never as classy as this.'
Lee Trewhela, West Briton & Cornish Guardian, on 'There Is No Ending'.
‘What do you get if you resurrect bands like The Ronettes or The Shangri-Las in the 21st century? The answer is obvious – The Ambassadors of Sorrow. The band sounds like one of those 60s girl pop bands and it has a charming female vocalist with a great voice that perfectly blends with the music. Their music is rather dark and speaks of love or actually the lack of it. The band’s latest album There Is No Ending is indeed beautifully gloomy and sorrowful. I guess the name kinda suits their style. Still I’m really enjoying this kind of music... a modern take on 60s girl pop bands but with a twist...’
Christian Antonoff: http://www.againsttheoddz.blogspot.com