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The Impossible Song & Other Songs [CD]

Roddy Woomble Audio CD
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Roddy Woomble releases his long awaited second album’ The Impossible Song & Other Songs’ on March 21st. Recorded at his local arts centre, An Tobar in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, ‘The Impossible Song & Other Songs’ follows his acclaimed solo debut ‘My Secret Is My Silence’ (2006).

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  • Audio CD (21 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B004KKXMN8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A New Say Has Begun
2. Make Something Out Of What It's Worth
3. Work Like You Can
4. Tangled Wire
5. Roll Along (Album Version)
6. Hour After Hour
7. Leaving Without Gold
8. New Frontier
9. Old Town
10. Living As You Always Have
11. Gather The Day
12. Between The Old Moon

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Having spent fifteen years releasing albums and touring worldwide with Idlewild, Roddy Woomble returns with his second solo album, 'The Impossible Song & Other Songs' on March 21st. Recorded at Roddy's local arts centre, An Tobar in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, it follows his acclaimed solo debut `My Secret Is My Silence' from 2006. The album includes a magical mix of musical contributions from jazz pianist Chick Lyall, saxophonist Rob Hall, fiddler Aidian O'Rourke (Lau), accordion legend Phil Cunningham and famed Dundonian songwriter Michael Marra. The album's beautiful artwork has been created by the popular children's illustrator, Mairi Hedderwick, famous for her Katie Morag's stories in the 1980's.

BBC Review

The adjustment to pipe’n’slippers family life and a settled existence away from the city’s ripped backside can be a damaging one for a successful recording artist. No longer burning with the need to prove yourself or put the world to rights, no longer unhinged by a chaotic rock’n’roll lifestyle nor surrounded by ne’er-do-wells full of wild ideas, you find the music you produce has its edges smoothed off and a good part of its charm neutralised.

But family man syndrome seems to have served Roddy Woomble rather well. Sure, this second solo collection is mellow, folky and acoustic all the way, showing how far he’s come from the urchinous indie-rock his band Idlewild started out playing. But the songs he’s written with new acolyte Sorren Maclean and Idlewild bandmate Rod Jones are more assured than ever.

A New Day Has Begun sets the upbeat, softly celebratory theme. It’s an arms-outstretched sniff of freedom’s sweet air, underpinned by an insistent bass motif and tastefully decorated with mandolin and accordion. The sense of bucolic inner peace is probably no accident – this record was recorded after he and his family moved from Glasgow to the Isle of Mull in 2008. These are understated songs which don’t immediately promise to be lodged in your head for the next six months, but after a few listens the melodies have bedded in nicely and you find yourself playing it on repeat.

Other notable highlights include Work Like You Can, lit up by Jill O'Sullivan’s beautiful swooping backing vocal, which sometimes sounds like an unidentifiable folk instrument in its own right. Elsewhere, Tangled Wire is string-tickling acoustic folk with soul-swelling harmonies, then Leaving Without Gold throws up a windswept whiff of Fleetwood Mac’s seductive MOR. He even gets away with including a sax break as fat as Van Morrison on the boogie-ish Roll Along. And penultimate offering Gather the Day is another jaunty folk-pop tune full of joie de vivre, reinforcing the infectious feeling of a man thoroughly enjoying life and the music he’s making.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gently Does It 23 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Idlewild's singer Roddy Woomble's second solo outing away
from the band is an amiable affair. This lovely collection
of 12 songs doesn't have to dress itself up in fancy clothes
to make a good impression. Your mum would like it. I like it.

The relaxed folksy ambience is as warm and reassuring as
a favorite old sweater (unravelling and threadbare but
impossible to throw away!) and beautifully sustained from
top to tail. The tunes are strong ('Work Like You Can' has
a particularly memorable singalong chorus) and delivered in
an unfussy and sincere manner by Mr Wooble, whose voice is
a truly beautiful instrument. Dark brown and chocolatey and
not given to uneccessary decorative flourishes it serves
the heart of his understated compositions perfectly well.
'Tangled Wire' is a lovely example of how to make the most of a
good tune in the simplest possible way. The words too contain
some striking imagery : "...and the rain fell like teeth against
the windowpane"; one among many vivid examples.

Mr Wooble is well-supported in his endeavours by a talented
supporting cast of musicians including : Sorren Maclean, who
plays all manner of instruments including guitars, vibraphone,
banjo and organ; old buddy Gavin Foxx on bass and Gregor Donaldson
on the drums. Jill O'Sullivan also pitches in with some wonderfully
plaintive backing vocals. This ace ensemble knows just what to do.

'Living As You Always Have' is a particulary special affecting
invention. Intimate, honest and reassuring, it gets my vote for
top track with final song 'Between The Old Moon' coming a very
close second. (Rob Hall's saxophone makes an especially poignant

No fuss, no frills. Just a fine bunch of
songs from a gentle master of his craft.

Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The British folk scene is incredibly strong at the moment. We have the populist freneticism of Mumford and Sons, the eclectic and adsorbing Bellowhead and luminaries such as Seth Lakeman and Spiers and Boden making a strong impression with their traditional stylings. Much as I love these artists work, I would argue that some of the most sublime records coming out at the moment hail from the North of England and Scotland, and this offering from one of Scotland's finest is one of the picks of the crop.

It's that style of music, Celtic rhyhms, gentle guitars, Gaelic fiddle work, gorgeous vocals, that instantly conjures up images of glens and moors shrouded in morning mist as lonesome lovers wander through singing of their heartbreak.

The song writing has a maturity to it that really grabs the attention. Roddy has a real feel for a good lyric, writing songs of loss and regret or joy and happiness that we can all relate to. And the music - oh the music. It has such depth. It truly is a thing of beauty. The vocals are sweet and perfectly deliver their message.

I was lucky enough to see Roddy in concert in York the other day. On stage he comes across as a really nice guy, and I can recommend going to see him live. He played an old Idlewild track, and I have to say it struck me immediately that in the middle of his more recent material the older stuff had a certain feeling of naivety to it - it really emphasised how much he has grown and matured both as a writer and as a performer. He also spoke of his respect for the late and sadly missed Bert Jansch, and I would have to say in all honesty that Roddy comes close to being a modern day equivalent in my eyes.

This album really is gorgeous. 5 stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is is good but not as good as his debut 21 Mar 2011
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The showcases Roddy Woomble's delicate folk tinged songwriting and clear baritone vocal at its best.

The flavor is very much Scottish complemented by fiddles and traditional arrangements. The album breezes along nicely and is fairly upbeat and the subject matter is that of perseverance, reflection and struggling to overcome.

This is a deep, meaningful and thoughtful piece of work and is probably a slow burner. Not as instantaneous as "My secret is my Silence" it is never the less a worthy addition to your collection and like a fine mellow wine in needs to be sipped slowly to be fully appreciated.

Don't be put off by the bearded and woolly-hat. Roddy is a humble and sincere individual who actually draws inspiration from the way he lives his life, free from the trappings of 21 Century consumerism. That's why it's so appealing you get drawn in to the emotion of the songs, songs that you could imaging being sung around a campfire in some remote part of the highlands

In places this isn't a million miles away from the definitely folk-tinged Idlewild offering Warnings/Promises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply breathtaking! 17 Nov 2011
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A beautiful collection of relaxing folk tunes from the highly talented Mr Woomble. I've been a big fan of Idlewild for a few years, but his contributions to modern folk are, in my opinion, even better. His songs instil a feeling of calm and tranquillity - perfect listening for those long train journeys where you just watch the world speed past without a care in the world!

His collaborations with John McCusker and Kris Drever are also superb, so if you like his two solo albums you really should get Before the Ruin too.

Highly recommended!
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