In their decade of existence, 11-piece British folk ensemble Bellowhead have adorned sea chanteys, minstrel music, Napoleonic war songs, and a variety of other traditional folk tunes with their uniquely vivid old world flair, which owes as much to pop pageantry as it does to fusty Morris dance fare. Through broad, clever arrangements and passionate exuberance, they've polished reclaimed material from the past few centuries into theatrical juggernauts that blend brass, strings, accordion, and big harmonic vocal passages. From a recording standpoint, they've slowly ascended the ladder of pop production with each of their four major releases, the last of which (2012's Broadside) having been produced by rock veteran John Leckie. Having proven themselves to be Britain's premier big folk band, they've upped the ante for their fifth album, Revival, by signing with Island Records, which has been in the midst of reviving its own image as a home for excellent British folk music. Issued on the label's classic pink label (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, and in the 2010s, the Rails), Revival pairs Bellowhead with pop producer Rupert Christie (U2, Green Day, Echo & the Bunnymen), who has tightened up the arrangements even more and coaxed a bright and exultant work out of the band. From their inspired takes on the old chanteys "Let Her Run" and "Roll Alabama" to the brilliant cosmic psych-folk of standout "Moon Kittens," Revival ranks among their best work and is definitely their most contemporary effort in tone. The interplay between brass and rhythm section on "Rosemary Lane" borders on ska territory, and there is even a cover of one of Island's best-loved releases, Richard & Linda Thompson's eternal "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight." Revival was the right album for Bellowhead to make as they celebrate their first ten years together and pop the cork on the next ten.