So waited ages for this release. Already a loyal follower of the man, have tickets to see him live (again) in Liverpool on 26 May.
Somehow received this three days before it's release so had a chance to give it a good listen over the bank holiday weekend. Having been hugely addicted to Surf and The North Star, his previous post-aztec offerings, I was, at first a little - no make that, very - dissapointed with Western Skies. Evetually though after more than a few listens the lyrics got hold and the melodies followed shortly afterwards.
Be prepared for something more than a little different to his previous work, or perhaps its not that different just a complete blend of all his previous styles. It's neither north-starish nor surfish, a little of both and a lot of neither.
Most fans will already know the title track Western Skies, previously a released ep by Lazyboy (a Rob Da Bank production), but leave aside the annoying repetetive backign to the released version and enter a fairly unusual drum pattern and a mad "if it's good enough for you it is for me" ending. Roddy's songs have always had strong endings but this one seems to leave the song hanging int he air in my ears.
The remaining tracks have inspiring, if a little more abstract than previously, lyrics. The highlights in there incluse "Day of Reckoning" which has single written all over it. Slightly too poppy I guess for the hardened fans but a fabulous tune nonetheless.
Get it, hate it, listen to it some more, kinda like it, listen again, love it.