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Poor Man S Soul
Poor Man S Soul

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost classic, 14 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Poor Man S Soul (Audio CD)
LOU FORD
POOR MAN'S SOUL

Forget celebrity gossip, biographical trivia, innovation and novelty, `Sad but Familiar' (the title of the first record by Lou Ford) is the definition of the very essence of country and blues music. Many years have passed by but now with their third record `Poor Man's Soul' Lou Ford have produced a true Americana classic.

There is something here of `Everyone Knows this is Nowhere' (Neil Young), the deceptively simple but effective songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival (not only the hits but in this case especially the country rock of `Willy and the Poor Boys') and white southern soul (of someone like Lonnie Mack, on the rare occasions when he sings, and of The Band). All filtered through Lou Ford's bleak world view (`Tonight's the Night', though not so much "sex, drugs and rock `n roll" as `everyday life') enlivened by acute observation and a mischievous and oblique sense of humour. With a thorough knowledge of the genres of rock, country and pop music distilled with minimal production of chunky guitars, drums and organ into a mix of sad country soul songs of loss and regret and lively dance tunes of loss and regret.

We already have `Losing End' (from `Everyone Knows this is Nowhere') and `You ain't goin' Nowhere' by Bob Dylan and now with `Last Call' by Lou Ford...............
"Lock all the doors, turn out the light, I can't find a reason to go home tonight, pass me a bottle pull up a chair, I ain't going nowhere".

If it were 1975 this record would be overlooked, but as it is now we can recognise and celebrate it as the classic that it is.

© Glyn Banks 2009


Still Fighting The War
Still Fighting The War
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to his best, 25 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Still Fighting The War (Audio CD)
Slaid Cleaves has produced a masterpiece with 'Still Fighting the War' fulfilling the early promise of 'Horseshoe Lounge.' Each song gets better and better with every listen.


Downpour
Downpour
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently underestimated, 25 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Downpour (Audio CD)
Lynn Miles is an extraordinary singer and songwriter who produces top ten hits by the barrel that never get anywhere in any charts! Every song on this collection is beautifully conceived, and equally magnificently produced by Ian Lefeuvre.


Old Gold EP
Old Gold EP
Price: £12.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent EP, 25 Aug. 2013
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Zoe Muth and the High Rollers are consistently excellent and this EP is no exception. Highly recommended if you like solid gold country


Epson A4 Matte Heavyweight Inkjet Paper (50 Sheets)
Epson A4 Matte Heavyweight Inkjet Paper (50 Sheets)
Price: £9.07

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant matt paper, 5 Jun. 2013
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Best heavy weight matt photo paper I have found, brilliant vibrant colours, very sharp resolution capacity, very reasonable price for the quality.


Chloe Narcisse 100ml EDT Spray
Chloe Narcisse 100ml EDT Spray
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Price: £18.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Pity this scent has been discontinued, 4 Jun. 2013
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This is the perfect scent, I've been using it for years, everyone comments how beautiful it is, but Chloe has discontinued it. Why?


The Low Highway
The Low Highway
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to form, 4 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: The Low Highway (Audio CD)
This is a brilliant new record from Steve Earle, with the Dukes providing the kind of music that has been missing from his recent releases. Superb!


Hearts & Arrows
Hearts & Arrows
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars From Raynes Park to New Jersey, 19 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Hearts & Arrows (Audio CD)
Danny Wilson has left south London Country for north American Cliche. From the extraordinary and unclassifiable Grand Drive, via a travelling circus of folk pop, he has arrived at the pleasures of a second hand Bruce Springsteen sound, with irritatingly meaningless lyrics. Yes, Grand Drive was a tragic failure, and an impossible act to follow, but this is not worthy of the author of that project. Still, I nevertheless look forward to what he does next because this is so unsatisfying that it will either be a smash hit or will quietly disappear.
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Starlight Hotel
Starlight Hotel
Price: £13.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matured in downhomebrew, 6 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Starlight Hotel (Audio CD)
Zoe Muth was chosen to represent 'No Depression' at SXSW in 2011. This record lets you know why - every track is matured in downhomebrew, perfectly self-effacing classic country narratives that sneak up on you. No fanfare, no histrionics, just great music, beautifully presented.


Barn Doors & Concrete Floors
Barn Doors & Concrete Floors
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Barn Doors and Concrete Floors", 22 May 2011
An artist's second album is always a test of their potential. The first one has always been years in the making - all the trials, early outings, rejected teenage angst (hopefully). Gripka's first record "New York Town" is surprisingly mature in sound and production. It already sounds like it is several albums down the line from a debut. The press blurb accompanying this, his second, contrasts the urban setting of "New York Town" with the rural backwoods of the Catskill Mountains, part of the northernmost area of the Appalachian Mountains situated north of New York City, where these songs were recorded in a barn. The press were obviously grateful for a readymade story to help them pitch their ratings without having to LISTEN too hard - the reviews have been full of the barn narrative, and full of praise for its authenticity. Regardless of the northern location of the barn used to record this record, its sound is quite definitely southern soulful rock. John Fogerty, born in California, constructed and crafted his own version of archetypal southern swamp rock. Gripka despite being born to a Baptist minister in the Ozark mountains in Missouri, also constructs his southern sound. And like Fogerty before him, it is brilliant. To this reviewer's ears it has nothing to do with a barn, and everything to do with stubbornly resisting the pressures that often mire the problem of the follow up album. How many artists have found their work overwhelmed by the ego of a name producer, been flattered into letting the record company bring in countless name musicians only interested in themselves? If the barn is a metaphor for "I kept well out of the way of the perils of the record company studios" then so be it. Listen to this together with Lou Ford (Empty), Roky Erikson (Goodbye Sweet Dreams), Halfway (Favour for a Friend), Loomer (Burden of Proof) and Tom Petty and you have "Something Good Coming".
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