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on 10 April 2011
Originally released in 2010 'Boots Met My Face' flew under
my radar. It's second surfacing in the listening world is
cause for celebration. Admiral Fallow deserve to be heard.
Singer/writer Louis Abbott is the heart and soul of the ensemble
and he has written a collection of eleven seemingly autobiographical
songs. Gritty, funny, whistful, affecting and inspired.
His deeply personal reflections and imagery tell a story of a life
lived well. Highs and lows; the agony and the ecstasy; up close
and personal; his fine voice brings it all to bristling life with his
melifluous tone and warm Scottish accent. The tunes are good too!
Sometimes things are so stripped-down, as with the bitterly moving
'Delivered', that there is no room to hide from Mr Abbott's gaze.
The intensity and the authenticity of the song leaves scorch-marks
in the soul. A song to treasure and to fear in equal measure.
There is pathos too in 'Subbuteo'. Memories of a rough and ready
childhood woven in and out of a truly stunning instrumental
arrangement. Folksy-chamber-pop of the most refined pedigree.
The coda devivers a marvellous eruption of woodwind, brass and
drums which gives the closet skeletons a damned good rattle!
It is this marriage of vivid story-telling and emotion which
keeps our attention engaged and imagination richly satisfied.
'Old Balloons' is a multi-layered and beautifully sustained idea.
There is both fragility and raw power at work here. One moment
it's a toy musical box, the next it's a great grinding leviathan.
At almost seven minutes long, 'Dead Leg' is Mr Abbott's finest
performance. The hurt is palpable but reaches for the sublime.
The plaintive dirge-like chords of final track 'The Sad Clown Cast'
bring this stunning album to a luminous dream-like conclusion.
There's a little bit of all kinds of life in these songs.
I felt strangely priviledged to share the journey.