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5.0 out of 5 stars
Hidden depths..., 1 Oct. 2007
After the enjoyable but slightly underwhelming solo efforts of other (former) band members at the start of 2006, I bought this more out of loyalty to the Gorky's than out of any great expectation that this album would stand up to repeated listening....
Any pre-conceived ideas I had that the majority of talent in the Gorky's lay elsewhere were quickly dispelled;- this guy is a serious talent as a vocalist, guitarist and all-round musician and eclipses anything released since the Gorky's disbanded. You don't have to be Welsh to understand and appreciate the atmosphere created by the first two songs;- a sample of what sounds like a chapel congregation (believe me it works!) followed by a song in Welsh 'Tir a Mor..'("Land and Sea")
Beyond this, anyone appreciative of folk music over the last 40 years can't help but be impressed by what follows over the next 30 mins or so. What he delivers goes way beyond the cliched 'carefully crafted' singer-songwriter description usually assigned to the commercial 'radio-friendly' artists mentioned below - unlike them, this guy really sparks!
His guitar work is astonishing in its effortlessness across the majority of songs, particularly on the instrumentals; all of which retain a degree of simplicity despite being multi-textured in their production. Other highlights include 'Morning Light' and 'Sunday Child, both of which has the listener hitting the repeat button. Above all, the sum of these tracks combined create an atmosphere rarely heard on contemporary offerings.
Buy it! it won't leave your CD player/I-pod playlist/head for months... ...if you liked the Gorky's I'd argue this exceeds highlights such as Spanish Dance Troup - one of the more memorable recordings I've bought in the last 5 years or so and one not to be missed (which is easier said than done given it's probably received little publicity outside of Wales) - personally I can't wait for his next album.