I have been a fan of Justin and New Model Army for dare i say- decades. I bought "great Expectations" on 7" vinyl when in my teens , and I am nearing 37 with "Navigating". He has never let me down, and has remained, not only one of my Heroes but a consistant artist of the finest calibre.
"Navigating.." is the sound of a singer/songwriter at his best. Haunting, evocative,stripped down to acoustic nakedness, yet layered with double bass, harmonica, strings, sounds of the sea and believe it or not, even a choir.
These songs are beautiful and yet powerful. They speak of solitude and passion, of nature and pain... a soundscape for sailors lost at sea, or beggars crashed out between the highrises.
It is a very valid, yet heartbreaking point made that this music will not recieve the exposure it deserves. As Albums go, "Navigating .." ranks alongside Kate Bush -Hounds of Love, David Gray- White ladder, Tom waits- Small Change, .. It sounds timeless and has all the marks of an album that will be as elegant in ten generations time as it is now. In a world drowning in dross it will be a lifebelt for lost souls for years to come.
A masterpiece,please buy this album.