Second solo album from Men They Couldn't Hang vocalist Philip ('Swill') Odgers sees the full bloom of the down home style of last year's critically acclaimed debut, 'The Day After'. Featuring an unique hybrid of Americana, UK folk, Celtic rhythm and classic Pop, all topped by Swill's legendary, resonant vocal style, this is a fully realised excursion into the roots of a career that spans 22 years. Recorded, as before, with a collection of friends accumulated after half a life on the road, 'Elvis Lives Here' contains co-compositions with the likes of Robb Johnson, Attila The Stockbroker and Paul Simmonds alongside a welter of Swill originals. From accapella to instrumental, from the epic balladry of "In The Breeze" to the small town observation of "Shed Fire", the album creates a new kind of genre with its intimate fables of a local kind of life.
The Men They Couldn't Hang's music always sprang from a sense of what should be. They had the underdog at heart. have an understanding that goes beyond Poguetry. Swill is one half of the pulse that makes them beat.
Proper name, Phil Odgers, he continues his solo excursion into roots with Elvis Lives Here, a journey begun a year or so since with the welcome, The Day After. Talking a love of just about every musical style from punk and protest, Swill has created - yes created, not just written - with fellow minstrels, Paul Simmonds, Atilla The Stockbroker and Robb Johnson, a battery of material that jumps out at you and shakes you by the collar. No armchair collection this. If you want mellow, look elsewhere, this is as instant as they come and all the better for the lived-in atmosphere.
Overall, the album put me in mind of the legacy of good-time concern that Alan Hull left to be picked up. Seems Swill has heard the call.
Simon Jones. FROOTS
Such pertinacity as that shown by Swill Odgers isn't too common these days, and you won't find many albums as unaffectedly musical as "Elvis Lives Here". So count your blessings, whilst you can.
Geoff Wall - BBC Radio
One of the best listening experiences I've had in a long, long time. Nothing Swill has done has ever been less than superb!
Cat Eldridge. Green Man Review
Swill's music, brings good cheer to the downtrodden workers in this intimate, rough-around-the edges album. If you're an orphaned child of Socialism this is the album for you!
Val Travers. Folking.com
He hasn't lost his ability to discover delights and diamonds in the most unexpected places...a fitting testament to the man and the musician.
Rock N Reel (R2)
Swill's voice is flexible, genuine and gripping. Add to that an often arresting, always solid acoustic guitar and you're in for a treat.
Clare McDonnell, BBC Radio 6
Possibly the best male singer in the country today. Oh yes!
PJ Wildcat O'Mahony