on 20 November 2005
Here we go again. Only 10 songs this time, running in at 35 minutes but not a duffer among them. Never has a greater artist been more ignored by so many than Daniel Wylie has. I'm spreading the word and everyone I know now knows about Daniel's music and unsurprisingly, they all love him. I love all the songs but if pushed, I'd say my favourite three songs are "The Cello Player", "Ramshackle Beauty" and "A Song For The Lonely". I also love the guitar pop anthem "We Can Get It Right". I love the fact that I know all about this cult artist and that he's my little secret but in all honesty, I'd still love his music if he was selling a million albums and I believe he should be selling a million albums. Lovers of REM, the Beatles and great, credible pop music won't go wrong with this masterpiece. Also get "Ramshackle Beauty" and all his Cosmic Rough Riders albums.
Those of you paying attention may recognise Mr Wylie from his days as frontman with the Cosmic Rough Riders.
He's soon to be releasing another proper album, but 'Postcards' is an early collection of new tracks and odds and sods which never made the last or next albums. Which goes to show that the chaff of Mr Wylie is something remarkable to behold. Straight from the off when the glory that is Wishbone Ash is resurrected with a dance beat, it's clear that you're in the presence of something special.
'Time Was' is the opening track, and it's absolutely fabulous. To be fair, so was the original, but a 21st century sprinkling of fairy dust has done it no harm at all. In fact, the entire album is a splendid mix of old and new with glistening West Coast harmonies set to modern, melodic masterpieces.
It's all too easy to file this away with all the other Glaswegian wannabees who've floated along in the wake of Teenage Fanclub, but don't let this one slip under the radar. Whether it's the Dan Hartman sounding 'I'm Hanging Around' or the power pop perfection of 'We Can get It Right', this sleek 10 song collection ( a perfect length at 35 minutes), is so much better than most proper albums it beggars belief.
Don't be fooled into thinking it's just another jingly jangly sub Byrds experience. What you're getting is a mixture of Buffalo Springfield, the Raspberries and Cheap Trick, all done up in a sunny, paisley patterned Enuff Z'Nuff coating. One of the best albums of the year by far, this has ruined the last week, as nothing else has got near the hi-fi. Go git some, now.
on 13 July 2005
Daniel Wylie does it again. Another classic album and from what I've read, these are the out takes from Ramshackle Beauty and there's another 'proper' album coming early next year. The song Ramshackle Beauty turns up on this album, heaven knows why it was left off the album of the same name as it's a beautiful song. Other stand outs include The Cello Player and A Song For The Lonely, but it's all great.
on 4 December 2006
Even though this is the weakest of Daniel's three albums, it still rates a five. This is a collection of out takes and b sides but you'd never know that unless you'd been told by someone in advance. It has all the hallmarks and great qualities his two proper albums have. Great tunes, intelligent lyrics and harmonies galore. There must be something in the water that Mr Wylie drinks that gives him super powers as he doesn't seem able to write a bad song. The song Ramshackle Beauty is a masterpiece and so is The Cello Player. A Song For The Lonely is absolutely beautiful and the psychedelic reworking of Wishbone Ash's Time Was is wonderful. There's so much crap out there and it really is a shame that Daniel isn't more well known. His music is like a well kept secret that shouldn't be kept secret. Spread the word on this wonderful songwriter and help get him the credit he so deserves.
I now own all three of Daniel's solo albums as well as four he did with Cosmic Rough Riders and two CRR albums without Daniel. It has to be said that although the CRR albums Daniel doesn't appear on are still quite good, they sadly lack this little man's magic touch and that's the difference between brilliant and just ok.