After hearing several tracks at his recent album launch appearance I was already anticipating another great album and it doesn't disappoint. That husky edge to his voice which is otherwise smooth and comforting has lead to comparisons with other higher profile singer songwriters. He shows here again that his talent shines brightly with a varied collection of new songs performed with the able assistance of his talented backing musicians. Of the 11 tracks on offer the majority are slower paced numbers with Night and Day, Lady of the water and Keep moving on being particular favourites at the moment. The 'rockier' numbers are just as effective - Fire in my heart, Get what's mine and All the money's gone - but I was slightly disappointed when all 3 are faded out at the end of the track when there appears to be more in the tank! All in all another fine album. Just a bit surprised that he has not attracted greater attention after 3 great albums despite airings on radio 2 and endorsements by several well known personalities in the music business.
This is the musical equivalent of the German football team, the result being more than the sum of the parts. The strengths of Allen's music has always been his voice and his ability to pen a catchy tune and his third outing finds this brought more to the fore with the other instruments being more of a support than they were on Sweet Defeat. His song writing has developed, there is more of a bluesy feel in parts (to the extent that tracks has been played on the Paul Jones Radio 2 show as well as the daytime shows) and a more cohesive feel to the whole CD. Overall no standout tracks just a great listen from beginning to end. Moreover he has developed a knack of writing a killer album closer - Friends was good, Last Orders better and now we have Keep Moving On - 'Maybe It's not about getting to the promised land, maybe, maybe it's more about trying' when the music is this good frankly all that matters is that he keeps recording it.
Yet another great album, I just love the guitar licks, the wonderful rolling sounds, and gritty vocals, saw him play this live in London recently and the new tracks were instantly likeable. A lovely blend of music including another "toe tapper" or two, I'm particularly fond of Hummingbird Blues. I love that finger-picking style.
His 3rd great album.. How could he keep up the standard of Dead Mans Suit and Sweet Defeat? Talent that has not been fully acknowledged cespite some exposure on Radio 2. Instantly recognisable and some powerful tracks that linger in the mind all day, such as the title track, Deep River, Hummingbird Blues and Lady Of The Water. Jon Allen is in my top drawer now with Amos Lee, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Tom McRae as artists I never tire of hearing, bring on your next one Jon, and thanks for Deep River.
Perfect from the 1st track Night & Day right through to the last, just a beutiful album of story telling tracks, with real meaning & feeling can' t wait for his next album & I am looking forwards to seeing him on tour already booked tickets for Bristol.
I saw Jon Allen live a few years ago when he supported Seal. Loved him on stage, bought his Dead Man's Suit there and just recently realised he's released two more since then. I bought them for myself for Christmas and particularly love Deep River. Jon Allen is a fantastic song writer and I just love the sound. He's been compared with Rod Stewert - that's a bit harsh in my opinion - Jon Allen is way better. I'm not sure why he is not better known - I prefer him to so many other artists who are out there...