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on 15 April 2011
It took much prevarication and a wonderful evening at Birmingham Town Hall in November, but I finally purchased "The Age of Miracles", gave it a few spins in the car, shrugged indifferently, and retired the disc to a shelf. One long winter later and a fortuitous song shuffle in the last two weeks from my antique iPod, and the twelve tracks that at first seemed barely indistinguishable from one another have now gotten in to my head - opening my eyes to a world of wonder and colour I'd forgotten existed.
The songs are a compelling mix of introspection, story telling, and life affirmation. "Mrs Hemingway" and "4 June 1989" tell two very different stories from the imagined perspective of the protagonists - a hint of regret and tragedy in both. The title track and "The Way I Feel" find equanimity between resignation and inspiration. The breadth of subject matter joined together by common threads is quite remarkable.
This is a work of genius by an artist with an amazing capacity of expression, sung beautifully and played superbly by very talented musicians. It may take a while to get into but you'll not regret the effort.