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Snake Oil

14 July 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 July 2013
  • Release Date: 14 July 2013
  • Label: Reveal Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Reveal Records
  • Total Length: 38:13
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  • ASIN: B00CY4ONVC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,281 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
"Snake Oil", the second collaborative album from national treasure Boo Hewerdine and Georgia-born, England-residing guitar virtuoso Brooks Williams, had a lot to live up to, as their first album was an absolute joy. I'm happy to confirm that their follow-up album is very close to being as excellent as their first, but the second release concentrates more on the more vintage sounding tracks which littered the wonderful eponymous début. The folk/pop crossovers such as "Rent" or "Sweet Honey In The Rock" which made the first album such an eclectic delight are sadly absent on their latest collection, but what it does mean is that "Snake Oil", as a whole, flows nicely with a slightly more coherent musical theme. It's a slightly more laid-back album than its predecessor, but doesn't suffer for being so.

Gentle, piano-led ballad "Blaze Of Glory" opens the album, with Hewerdine's mellow, congenial vocals relating a dramatic, fatalistic, yet romantic tale in a beautiful and completely captivating way. "Haunted", featuring guitar and ukulele, is a charming ragtime piece delivered by Williams and the weary title track, "Snake Oil" is an atmospheric piece with some lovely background harmonies, nice guitar work and the lyrics could easily be used as a metaphor for the mainstream music business. "Daydreamin'", as the title suggests, is a delightfully lazy piece and Boo's voice floats over a gently picked ukulele and guitar, and showcases a light, playful guitar solo. "Going Away" is a pleasant, gently-flowing song, the feel of which slightly betrays the hurt of the lyrics and "Man With The Hammer" is a subtle but decent toe-tapper which boasts some bluesy slide guitar but, unfortunately, both contribute to the feeling of a mid-album lull.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andarno on 27 Feb. 2014
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Snake Oil was the potion sold by travelling hucksters that promised much and delivered nothing - except possibly a nasty rash or a dose of bellyache. By contrast, the product that Messrs Hewerdine & Williams are offering is the real deal. I'd even go as far to say it's an elixir guaranteed to lift your spirits, and infuse your life with good humour and renewed vigour. In other words, this is quality merchandise.

As the title suggests, the album has something of a 1930s Americana theme - lyrically and instrumentally. And, songs such as Daydreamin', Georgia and Beyond the Next Horizon are so well constructed that they could easily be standards that have come down to us from that time. Even Man with the Hammer which was written for the 2012 Olympic Games conjures up something of that earlier era.

This is a fantastic album and it hasn't been far from my CD player. The retro feel is very appealing and I hope to hear more of that from "State of the Union". And, I particularly want more songwriting and vocal collaborations between Brooks & Boo. The two of them work so well together. Until then, there's a whole lot to enjoy here. Great stuff all round!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nigel on 12 Jan. 2014
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Very strong songs beautifully performed by two talented musicians. Will not disappoint. Also worth checking them out in concert and their first album
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