Last (Unthanks album)

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Studio album by The Unthanks
Released 14 March 2011 (UK)
Genre Folk
Length 49:38
Label Rabble Rouser/ EMI Records (EMI 095 9942)
Producer Adrian McNally
The Unthanks chronology
Here's the Tender Coming (2009) Last (2011) The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & the Johnsons (2011)

Last, the fourth album by English folk group The Unthanks, was released on 14 March 2011. It reached number 40 in the UK albums chart and was well received by the critics.


Sid Smith, for BBC Music, said that "Proving once again that sad songs are very often the best, their fourth album is brimming with material that is as haunting as it is beautiful."[1] Robin Denselow, for The Guardian, described it as "a bold and highly original set".[2] Thomas H Green of The Daily Telegraph said it was "string-laden and luscious but also delicate, wistful and melancholy".[3] Writing in NME, Anthony Thornton said that the album "proves the mix of Rachel and Becky’s voices to be one of the true wonders of 21st-century music".[4]

Graeme Thomson, writing for Uncut magazine, said: "This is a bleakly beautiful record which unfolds slowly... And while there’s a tendency for the songs to merge into one indistinct flow, it seems self-defeating to try to unpick the individual strands of this LP: its strength lies in holding a distinct – and chilly – atmosphere throughout."[5]

In a five-starred review for the Sunday Express, Martin Townsend proclaimed it "a gorgeously unhurried, utterly mesmerising masterpiece".[6]

Track listing[edit]

No Title Lyrics and music Length
1 "Gan To The Kye" Traditional, arranged by The Unthanks 5:39
2 "The Gallowgate Lad" Lyrics: Joe Wilson. Music: Traditional (Tune: Sally Grey), arranged by The Unthanks 6:06
3 "Queen of Hearts" Traditional, arranged by The Unthanks 4:32
4 "Last" Adrian McNally 7:09
5 "Give Away Your Heart" Jon Redfern 3:49
6 "No One Knows I'm Gone" Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan (Tom Waits cover) 2:11
7 "My Laddie Sits Ower Late Up" Traditional, arranged by The Unthanks 2:45
8 "Canny Hobbie Elliot" Traditional, arranged by The Unthanks 3:28
9 "Starless" Cross/Fripp/Wetton/Palmer-James (King Crimson cover) 6:00
10 "Close The Coalhouse Door" Alex Glasgow 7:02
11 "Last" (reprise) Adrian McNally 0:57 Total length = 49:38


The Unthanks
  • Rachel Unthank – voice, kalimba
  • Becky Unthank – voice
  • Niopha Keegan – violin, voice
  • Adrian McNally – piano, dulcitone, voice, drums
  • Chris Price – bass, acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele
Additional musicians
  • Ros Stephen  – violin
  • Becca Spencer  – viola
  • Jo Silverston  – cello
  • Lizzie Jones – trumpet
  • Dean Ravera – double bass
  • Alex Neilson – drums
  • Julian Sutton – melodeon


  1. ^ Sid Smith (3 March 2011). "Brimming with material that is as haunting as it is beautiful". BBC Music, BBC website. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Robin Denselow (10 March 2011). "The Unthanks: Last – Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Thomas H Green (11 March 2011). "'Last' by The Unthanks' is luscious and delicate". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Anthony Thornton (16 March 2011). "The turning cogs below the surface of English folk". NME. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Graeme Thomson (2011). "The Unthanks – Last". Uncut. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Martin Townsend (13 March 2011). "Album review – The Unthanks: Last (Rabblerouser/EMI)". Sunday Express (London). Retrieved 24 August 2014. 

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