I absolutely LOVE this album.For those of you unfamiliar with Mohair and their short but excellent recording history, Tom Billington was Mohair's frontman. His voice is still instantly recognisable - slightly high, at times quavering off the true note, quirky and beautiful.
The songs are quite different in character from Mohair's. This is more folksy, with some recognisable Neil Young and perhaps Leonard Cohen-type influences. Essentially, though, you need to listen to it to appreciate Billington't distinctive and newly-emerging style. Here and there it reminds me of Rufus Wainwright and also of the McGarrigles - especially in the pure clarity of Jessica Staveley Taylor's voice. The band which Billington has assembled for the album play a wide range of instruments with aplomb, and the vocals throughout are outstanding.
Give the album a good few listens before you make your mind up - it grows on you (and grows and grows....) Some songs, though, jump out and tear at your heart on a first listening. 'Time is a Dancing Bear' is quite simply one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.