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Brilliant second solo album,
This review is from: Mark The Hard Earth (Audio CD)
Although he's possibly better known as a member of the successful (and frankly amazing) folk trio Lau, Kris' solo work deserves to be heard by a wider audience, and this new album sees him on fine form yet again.
On his first album "black water" Kris sounded more typically traditional (to me - though I can't claim to be any kind of Folk expert!), but this time there seems to be a slightly more contemporary feeling to the songs and the production by John McCusker is wonderfully clean and spacious, giving the lush arrangements and Kris' effortless vocals chance to shine. Again there are plenty of appearances from friends and fellow musicians with John McCusker lending a hand on fiddle and Karine Polwart and Heidi Talbot providing guest vocals.
If you've recently enjoyed anything that claimed to be "___-folk" (insert your own adjective in the gap, there have been plenty bandied about) it's well worth trying out this album as an entry to the world of more traditional folk. A sublime record, and one that will surely stand up to repeated listening - in short, well worth a try if you're not familiar with him already and an essential purchase if you enjoyed "black water", any of Lau's records or the equally great "Drever/Woomble/McCusker" album!
(Oh and he's brilliant live too, so keep an eye out for him touring either on his own or with one of the many other groups he's involved in!)