Surely , by now there are enough plaintive singer songwriters around to fulfil everyone on the planets appetite for dextrous string strumming and moody introspective vocals ? Well there is an overload of this type of performer and lets be brutally frank most of them are so wet they would embarrass a haddock. Former disc spinner and sampler Fink though is a different kettle of fish (pun very much intended there) .He has an engaging smoky fibrous voice, and the music is invested with quavering soul , thrumming tension and as the sleeve notes eloquently state "Jagged -edged sophistication". Aided by the muscular production from Andy Barlow( From the group Lamb)the songs are acoustic based but layers of electronic atmospherics -"Get Your Share", crisp percussion -"Blueberry Pancakes"- or incremental use of dub space and diffuse instrumentation -"Make it Good" lend the album more variety and allows the subtle melodies to percolate into the listeners heads more elegantly . There are the more traditional acoustic songs , like a more intimate and bruised John Martyn - "Under The Same Stars" , "If Only" , "So Many Roads" and the albums high point the stunning closing track "Little Blue Mailbox".
Opening track "Troubles What You're In" has more complex fretwork, like a Spanish folk song and quietly seething backing strings . It's these subtle details and tasty fundamentals that make this such an enjoyable album. Despite its lack of any true killer hooks or grab you by the ears and throw you round the room sonic interludes the whole album deviously charms you till before you know it every track on the album has something that you come to love. A quietly stunning album and one whose insidious charms approximate a kind of sly brilliance.